Justices say women must obtain abortion pill in person

Justices Say Women Must Obtain Abortion Pill In Person
J. Scott Applewhite

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in 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.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. 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 longstanding 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 after Joe Biden takes office. The court split 6-3, with the liberal justices in dissent.