The Trump administration’s pro-life agenda scored a major win this week with a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that women must consult with a medical professional before receiving abortion-inducing drugs.
In a 6–3 decision on Tuesday, the nation’s highest court ordered a halt to a lower court’s ruling that allowed the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to be mailed out to patients amid the ongoing public health crisis, Breitbart reported.
The decision stemmed from the Trump administration’s appeal of the lower court’s injunction on the argument that potential safety concerns necessitate an in-person visit with a doctor.
“Because of the court’s own evaluation”
As for the Supreme Court’s final ruling, it appeared to be determined more by legal procedure than ideology, reaffirming the belief among many Americans that its conservative majority is more concerned with properly interpreting the law than with advancing political activism.
Nevertheless, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent in which she argued that the decision imposed “an unnecessary, unjustifiable, irrational, and undue burden on women seeking an abortion during the current pandemic.”
Justice Elena Kagan joined Sotomayor in the official statement.
For his part, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote on behalf of the majority that the court had been tasked with responding to a question not about “whether the requirements for dispensing mifepristone impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion as a general matter,” but “instead whether the District Court properly ordered the Food and Drug Administration to lift those established requirements because of the court’s own evaluation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“A growing radical-left movement”
As many supporters of President Donald Trump’s federal court appointments have argued, the age of judicial activism seems to be coming to an end — and his three additions to the Supreme Court have helped advance a debate over what the law actually is rather than what they believe it should be.
Requiring pregnant women to seek medical advice before ingesting an abortion-inducing drug might seem to be the safest call, but critics including officials at Planned Parenthood are nonetheless crying foul.
Nevertheless, this most recent Supreme Court ruling is being hailed by many conservatives as a clear victory even in the final days of Trump’s term in the White House.
In September, the president touted the historic impact his administration has had on the nation’s courts as well as what he believed was at stake without a strong conservative presence within the judiciary branch.
“Unfortunately, there is a growing radical-left movement that rejects the principle of equal treatment under law,” he said at the time. “If this extreme movement is granted a majority on the Supreme Court, it will fundamentally transform America without a single vote of Congress.”