The U.S. Supreme Court ended recognition of the constitutional right to abortion in 2022. Today, however, it agreed to consider a request by President Joe Biden’s administration to maintain broader access to the abortion pill, Reuters reports.
The justices were considering the Biden administration’s appeal of an August ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have restricted how a pill called mifepristone is dispensed and distributed and banned telemedicine and mail-order prescriptions.
In its filing with the Supreme Court, the Justice Department said the decision would have “harmful consequences for women seeking legal abortions and for a health care system that relies on the availability of the drug under current conditions of use.”
Mifepristone is used along with another drug called misoprostol to medically terminate pregnancies, which account for more than half of all abortions in the US. However, Mifepristone also has other uses, including the treatment of abortions.
Abortion rights are an important issue in the 2024 presidential race. Democrat Joe Biden, who is seeking re-election, supports the legalization of abortion. Conversely, former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, appointed three Supreme Court members who all voted to repeal abortion rights in 2022.