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Abortion drug ruling highlights Trump's wins on the Supreme Court 'shadow docket'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk in front of a security perimeter outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers to be "prepared to return to Washington" this week, suggesting she is considering impeachment or another formal response to President Donald Trump's encouragement of supporters who attacked the Capitol. Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court's action Tuesday limiting access to an abortion drug highlights its pattern of letting the Trump administration enforce highly charged priorities before legal challenges have been resolved.

(CNN)The Supreme Court's action Tuesday limiting access to an abortion drug highlights its pattern of letting the Trump administration enforce highly charged priorities before legal challenges have been resolved.

The conservative court majority swept aside a lower court injunction and reinstated a requirement that women prescribed mifepristone, to end a pregnancy in its early weeks, pick up the pill in person despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last summer, a US district court judge blocked that requirement, saying that forcing women to travel to a hospital, clinic or other medical office would impinge their constitutional right to abortion.

No cause for concern, the Government assures this Court, because even if the FDA's in-person requirements cause women to lose the opportunity for a medication abortion, they can still seek out a surgical abortion.

Addressing Roberts' position about the importance of deferring to the FDA, she insisted, "There simply is no reasoned decision here to which this Court can defer. " She said administration health officials had failed to document why women must continue to pick up mifepristone in person when the administration has exempted many other drugs because of pandemic health risks.

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