J. Scott Applewhite / APThe Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5, 2020. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
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.
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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