In a ruling on Tuesday evening (local time), the court reinstated a rule that women must go in person to a clinic or doctor’s office to obtain abortion pills containing Mifepristone, despite the coronavirus pandemic. . In doing so, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that said that, given the pandemic, pills could be mailed for medical abortions in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
The Supreme Court ruling follows a request by President Donald Trump’s outgoing US administration against an earlier order by a federal judge. Trump was able to expand the Conservative majority on the Supreme Court to six of the nine seats with the appointment of decades-long staunch Catholic Justice Barrett.
Tory president of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts, wrote that the case was not a fundamental decision on abortion, but that it was about whether the judges could go against it of the directive from the FDA, the drug authority, that women must obtain abortion pills in person.
The three liberal judges opposed the tightening of regulations. The ruling places an “irrational, unwarranted and excessive burden on women,” Judge Sonia Sotomayor wrote.