(RightWing.org) – On Thursday, October 9, the Supreme Court punted on the first abortion case since Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg passed in September. In July, a federal judge in Maryland ruled that mifepristone, an abortion drug, could be mailed or delivered to patients during the pandemic. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when it relaxed regulations for opioids and other drugs to be mailed to reduce patients’ exposure to COVID-19 but not mifepristone.
Justices say they will hold govt's request to allow lower ct to consider a new motion by Trump administration to dissolve/modify or stay order. #SCOTUS tells dist ct to rule w/in 40 days. Alito dissents, joined by Thomas. https://t.co/MLzxkp6n8X
— Amy Howe (@AHoweBlogger) October 8, 2020
While the court didn’t rule, it allowed the Maryland judge’s ruling to stand, for now. The Supreme Court did ask the lower court to review the case to determine if circumstances have changed now that stay at home orders are no longer in effect.
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented. Alito said his colleagues were consistently refusing to hear difficult cases that created “unimaginable restraints” on the “free exercise of religion.” Democrats and pro-choice advocates are concerned that once Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
The drama has begun and Barrett hasn’t even taken the bench yet!
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