Richmond Times-Dispatch

Judge refuses to reinstate rulefor abortionpi­ll

- — Fromwire reports

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— A federal judge in Maryland has denied the Trump administra­tion’s request to reinstate a rule that would require women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that public health risks for patients have grown only worse.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang, who agreed to suspend the rule in July, refused Wednesday to lift or limit the scope of that order. He rejected the administra­tion’s argument that economic conditions and patients’ access to medical facilities, child care and transporta­tion have improved sufficient­ly to warrant dissolving the preliminar­y injunction.

The judge also said the Trump administra­tion has not presented any evidence that its temporary inability to enforce the rule has caused any harm to the government or to patients.

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