Abortion pill under threat in Texas court case

US abortion opponents are hoping for a national ban on a widely used abortion pill when their lawsuit against government drug regulators is argued today in the Texas court of a deeply conservative judge believed to be sympathetic to their cause.

Galvanised after the US Supreme Court ended the nationwide right to abortion last June, anti-abortion forces are now targeting the prescription drug mifepristone in their campaign to win a total ban on the practice.