Supreme Court Reinstates FDA Rule Requiring Women to See a Doctor Before Receiving Abortion Pills by Mail

A pharmacist poses with pills of the drug Misoprostol, made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, in his hand at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S., June 19, 2019. Picture taken June 19, 2019. REUTERS/George Frey

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a rule at the Food and Drug Administration requiring women to see doctors before they can receive medication for chemical abortions, overturning a lower court decision that enabled them to obtain the abortion pill via mail.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to grant the FDA’s application for a stay against a lower court order requiring the government agency to suspend requirements for dispensing the abortion pill, also known as mifepristone.

Since its implementation in 2000, mifepristone, sold as Mifeprex in the United States, has been subjected to a “risk-evaluation mitigation strategy,” or REMS. REMS restrictions require the abortion-inducing drug to be administered by a qualified medical professional at a healthcare setting, such as a clinic or hospital.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley

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