Supreme Court Backs Trump Admin Rule on Obtaining Abortion Pills

Supreme Court Backs Trump Admin Rule on Obtaining Abortion Pills


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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that women must visit a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill rather than receiving it by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

The justices granted a Trump administration appeal to be able to enforce a longstanding rule on getting the abortion pill mifepristone. The pill need not be taken in the presence of medical professionals.

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The court split 6-3, with the liberal justices in dissent.

The new administration could put the in-person requirement on hold after Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.

A federal judge had suspended the rule in July because of the pandemic in response to a lawsuit from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other groups.

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