January 13, 2021 9:26 AM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The Supreme Court of the United States (USA) reinstated on Tuesday the requirement that women seeking to stop pregnancy with abortion pills must receive them in person and in the presence of a medical provider. This requirement was suspended in recent months due to the pandemic.
The Supreme Court endorsed a request from the government of the outgoing president, Donald Trump. It sought to restore the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, that women pick up abortion pills instead of receiving them in the mail. This was authorized by a judge as a result of the health emergency caused by COVID-19.
The conservative majority won 6-3 progressives Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer.
“Of the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, mifepristone is the only one that the FDA requires to be collected in person for patients to take at home.” This is what Sotomayor and Kagan wrote in their dissent.
The magistrates questioned that Government policy “now allows patients to receive prescriptions for strong opioids without leaving home.” However, it “requires women to travel to a doctor’s office to pick up mifepristone only to turn around, go home and ingest it without supervision.”
Chief Justice John Roberts agreed with the majority opinion. Noted that the issue before them “is not whether the requirements to dispense mifepristone place an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion as a general matter”. It’s about whether the court “correctly ordered” the FDA to lift those requirements.
“My view is that courts owe significant deference to politically responsible entities with ‘the background, competence and experience to assess public health,” Roberts said. However, the conservative majority did not explain their position.
With the arrival of the Supreme Judge Amy coney barrett, the high court was left with 6 conservative and 3 liberal magistrates. She was nominated by Trump after the death in September of progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg.