Richmond Times-Dispatch

Siding with Trump, high court says abortion pill requires visit to clinic

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WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has ordered that women must visit a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, though similar rules for other drugs have been suspended during the public health emergency.

Eight days before President Donald Trump leaves office, the justices on Tuesday granted a Trump administra­tion appeal to be able to enforce a long-standing rule on getting the abortion pill, mifepristo­ne. The pill need not be taken in the presence of medical profession­als.

The new administra­tion could put the in-person requiremen­t on hold during the public health emergency after Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.

The court split 6-3, with the liberal justices in dissent.

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