Supreme court allows government to implement abortion pill rule

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from enforcing a rule regulating the pill commonly used in drug abortions, so this rule can now be enforced .

Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration has stated that mifeprix, a drug used during the first ten weeks of pregnancy, should be given to a patient by a health care professional in a clinic, hospital, or doctor’s office. The patient should sign a form acknowledging that they have been consulted about the potential risks of the drug. The patient can take the pill any time after receiving it and does not need to be swallowed in the presence of a health care professional.

Mifeprix abortion pillsBill Greenblatt / Getty Images File

A group of doctors, led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, sued, seeking to relax restrictions during the Kovid-19 epidemic. Medical offices and clinics have either closed or restricted appointments, she said, and pregnant women require in-person visits, which increases their risk of infection.

Maryland District Court Judge Theodore Chuang agreed that the FDA rule in July would significantly impede the path of women seeking drug abortions by keeping the FDA rule in the epidemic and may or may delay drug abortions and The type may require more invasive procedure. “Instead, he said, the pills can be sent by mail.

His order halted the enforcement of the FDA rule nationwide, but he has now stayed the order by the Supreme Court to enforce the rule.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that it was not a matter of whether the rule imposed an undue burden on a woman’s right to have an abortion. Instead, he said it was about the authority of a lower court to block regulations during the epidemic. “Courts owe significant respect to politically accountable branches” with a background for public health.

Writing for herself and Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the majority of women seeking abortion care during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy rely on medication at issue.

“FDA policy placed an unnecessary, inappropriate, irrational and unreasonable burden on women seeking abortions during the current epidemic,” Sotomayor wrote.

Justice Stephen Breyer also said that he may have left room to implement the rule.

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