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Saturday April 8th, 2023 morning edition

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Washington — A federal judge in Texas on Friday halted the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, delivering a blow to abortion rights advocates in the wake of the Supreme Court's dismantling of the constitutional right to abortion.

But it wasn't until last November — 22 years after the FDA's approval of the abortion pills — that a group of physicians and medical associations filed a lawsuit seeking to undo the agency's approval of mifepristone.

The lawsuit was filed in the federal district court in Amarillo, where only one judge, Kacsmaryk, is assigned cases.

The challengers claim the agency exceeded its regulatory authority to approve the mifepristone and asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the FDA to undo its approval of mifepristone.

"FDA manipulated and misconstrued the text of Subpart H to greenlight elective chemical abortions on a wide scale," he wrote, referencing the federal rule under which the abortion pill was approved.

But the FDA said its 2000 approval of the abortion pill rested on a "comprehensive evaluation of the scientific data."

Near-total abortion bans in 12 states supersede restrictions on medication abortion, while 15 states require medication abortion be provided by a physician. »

New Jersey Governor Declares State a ‘Safe Haven’ for Gender-Affirming Care

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In addition, he says New Jersey is a “safe haven” for those seeking gender-affirming care.

According to the order, individuals who provide, receive, or otherwise facilitate gender-affirming healthcare services legal in New Jersey cannot be extradited to another state.

Moreover, the order prohibits New Jersey officials from cooperating with other states’ investigations into whether someone sought medical care in New Jersey and prevents extradition. »

British Firm Ships $1.2Bln of Electronics to Russia Despite Sanctions – FT

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A British firm appears to have arranged the sale of about $1.2 billion worth of electronic goods into Russia since the launch of Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times reported Friday.

According to the customs filings viewed by FT, at least $982 million of the goods listed as sent by the company are subject to British export restrictions on Russia.

Western countries including Britain imposed wide-reaching sanctions including technology export controls on Russia following the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. »

Nailed to a cross, Filipino prays for Ukraine war to end

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The real-life crucifixions, a gory Good Friday tradition that is rejected by the Catholic church, resumes in this farming village after a three-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The gruesome spectacle reflects the Philippines’ unique brand of Catholicism, which merges church traditions with folk superstitions. »

Exclusive: Saudi delegation to hold ceasefire talks with Yemen's Houthis in Sanaa -sources

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A visit by Saudi officials to Sanaa is an indication of progress in Oman-mediated talks between the kingdom and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which run in parallel to United Nations peace efforts.

If an agreement is reached, the parties could announce it before Islam's Eid holiday starting April 20, the sources said.

Saudi Arabia restarted its direct talks with the Houthi group last summer after both sides failed to renew a United Nations-brokered truce deal. »