Supreme Court grants Trump administration request to limit access to abortion drug
January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Pro-choice activists supporting legal access to abortion protest during a demonstration outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, March 4, 2020, as the Court hears oral arguments regarding a Louisiana law about abortion access in the first major abortion case in years. - The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear what may be its most significant case in decades on the controversial subject of abortion. At issue is a state law in Louisiana which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Trump administration's request to reinstate long-standing restrictions for patients seeking to obtain a drug used for abortions early in pregnancy -- with the three liberals dissenting in a potential preview of a new chapter in the court's rulings on the procedure.
(CNN)The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Trump administration's request to reinstate long-standing restrictions for patients seeking to obtain a drug used for abortions early in pregnancy -- with the three liberals dissenting in a potential preview of a new chapter in the court's rulings on the procedure.
It also marks the first abortion case to come before Justice Amy Coney Barrett, backing abortion rights supporters' fears that she will move the court to the right in cases related to the divisive issue.
Federal courts, citing the Covid-19 pandemic, had previously blocked the enforcement of Food and Drug Administration rules that require an in-person visit with a medical professional to pick up the medication.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it believed the administration should be able to enforce the rule despite coronavirus concerns.
Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide prior to viability, which can occur at about 24 weeks of pregnancy.
In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, quoted an earlier opinion by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch defender of abortion rights who Barrett replaced on the court.
After the lower court blocked the rule last summer, the administration asked the Supreme Court to step in, but an eight-member court declined to do so in October and sent the case back to the lower court.
In December, the lower court upheld its own injunction and the Trump administration came back to the Supreme Court, resulting in Tuesday's ruling.
Tuesday's order marks the second major abortion case the court has ruled on over the past several months after Roberts sided with the court's then-four liberals to block a Louisiana abortion restriction in June.
A slew of cases challenging abortion restrictions are in the pipeline for the court's consideration.