Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Restrictions on Telemedicine Abortions

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Restrictions on Telemedicine Abortions


The U.S. Supreme Court granted a request from the Trump administration Tuesday evening to restore a rule requiring women to have an in-person visit with a medical professional prior to receiving abortion-inducing drugs.

In a 6-3 vote, the Court halted a lower court’s decision to allow the mailing of abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to women who wish to end their pregnancies at home as long as the pandemic continues.

Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, an Obama appointee, granted a preliminary injunction in July after pro-abortion groups filed a lawsuit.

The Trump administration appealed the ruling, arguing it would be safer for women to see a doctor prior to taking the drugs because of safety concerns.

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Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the order:

The question before us is not whether the requirements for dispensing mifepristone impose an undue burden on a woman’s

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