Supreme Court refuses to reinstate medical abortion restriction
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to act on a Trump administration request to reinstate a rule requiring abortion drugs to be taken in the presence of a doctor
Instead, the judges sent the case back to a federal trial court in Maryland and gave the judge 40 days to rule on the administration’s request.
The administration should ask the judge to lift or restrict an order he made in July that suspended a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule requiring women to take an abortion pill in the presence of a doctor .
Obama-appointed District Judge Theodore Chuang agreed in July to temporarily lift the in-person requirement during the health emergency, citing the risks of face-to-face contact.
The decision came in response to a lawsuit from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as doctors and patients.
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They also predicted that the judge’s order would be “subject to overturn.”
Since 2000, the FDA has required physicians to administer abortion pills in person because of the health risks associated with the misuse of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. But groups, including the American Medical Association, say the restriction is outdated and medically unnecessary.