SCOTUS Blocks Access to Abortion Pill By Mail During Pandemic. Advocates Look to Biden Administration to Reverse Trump Policy

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“The FDA’s policy imposes an unnecessary, unjustifiable, irrational and undue burden on women seeking an abortion during the current pandemic,” says Justice Sotomayor in yesterday’s decision. 

Abortion activists outside the Supreme Court in 2012. (Blink O’fanaye / Flickr)

On Tuesday, six members of the Supreme Court granted a Trump administration request to reinstate an FDA rule requiring patients seeking medication abortion to make an unnecessary in-person visit to their health care provider just to pick up the medication and sign a form. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer dissented from the Court’s decision and would have denied Trump’s request.

Justice Sotomayor joined by Justice Kagan wrote a scathing dissent, castigating the majority for callously forcing patients to expose themselves and others to COVID-19 for no medical benefit.


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