With the addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court of the United States faced scrutiny over the decisions it would be making regarding the abortion rights of women. One controversial discussion was whether or not the SCOTUS would attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and a recent decision from SCOTUS is eliciting criticism from Democrats as they worry about the repercussions it might have on the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, an announcement was made that SCOTUS had granted the Trump administration’s request that “reverses nationwide injunction that allowed patient to receive abortion-related drugs via mail during the pandemic.” Moving forward, “patients will now have to pick up medication in person.”
The Judges who dissented were Judges Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor.
In response to the decision, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) condemned the announcement, arguing that “the middle of a pandemic is not the time to make it harder for women to access safe and legal abortion care.” He called it “a cynical effort by the Supreme Court to undermine Roe v. Wade and take away women’s reproductive rights.
Again, Deutch believes that having an abortion is a form of healthcare.
The middle of a pandemic is not the time to make it harder for women to access safe and legal abortion care.
This is a cynical effort by the Supreme Court to undermine Roe v. Wade and take away women's reproductive rights. https://t.co/dyMIdbFWWM
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) January 13, 2021
The move comes at a time when Republicans and Democrats are regarding the level of blame placed on President Donald Trump (R) over the storming of the Capitol last Wednesday.