Supreme Court Temporarily Allows Doctors to Prescribe Abortion Pill by Mail Despite Health Risks

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily allowed doctors to prescribe the abortion pill without meeting the women who seek it during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means the drug can now be mailed or delivered. Pro-life groups have warned it can be highly risky.

The Trump administration had urged the court to reinstate a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule requiring women to visit a hospital or clinic to obtain the drug after a federal district court suspended the requirement. But the high court declined to immediately act on the request and sent it back to the district court.

Conservative justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

“While COVID–19 has provided the ground for restrictions on First Amendment rights, the District Court saw the pandemic as a ground for expanding the abortion right recognized in Roe v. Wade,” Alito wrote in his dissent, adding that the FDA requirement has been enforced for the course of four presidential administrations.

“During the COVID–19 pandemic, the FDA suspended in-person dispensing requirements for some drugs, but it evidently decided that the mifepristone requirement should remain in force. Nevertheless, a District Court Judge in Maryland took it upon himself to overrule the FDA on a question of drug safety.

“Under the approach recently taken by the Court in cases involving restrictions on First Amendment rights, the proper disposition of the Government’s stay application should be clear: grant. But the Court is not willing to do that. Nor is it willing to deny the application. I see no reason for refusing to rule.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser expressed disappointment. “Chemical abortion poses serious complications for women that can include heavy bleeding, intense and prolonged pain, infection, and even death,” she noted.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar