The US Supreme endorses that it is required to receive abortion pills in person

The US Supreme endorses that it is required to receive abortion pills in person

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The Supreme Court endorsed a request from the government of outgoing President Donald Trump, which sought to restore the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that women collect the pills instead of receiving them by mail, as authorized by a judge following the health emergency of covid-19.

Washington, Jan 12 (EFE) .- The United States Supreme Court reinstated this Tuesday the requirement that women seeking medical abortion must receive them in person from a medical provider, after that requirement was suspended in recent years. months due to the pandemic.
The Supreme Court endorsed a request from the government of outgoing President Donald Trump, which sought to restore the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that women collect the pills instead of receiving them by mail, as authorized by a judge following the health emergency of covid-19.
The conservative majority won 6-3 over 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,” 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, but still 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, noting that the issue before them “is not whether the requirements to dispense mifepristone impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion as general question “but whether the court” correctly ordered “the FDA to lift those requirements.
“My view is that the courts owe significant deference to politically responsible entities with ‘the background, competence and experience to assess public health,'” Roberts said, although the conservative majority did not explain their position.
With the arrival to the Supreme Court of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, nominated by Trump after the death, last September, of the progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the high court was left with six conservative magistrates and three liberals.

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