Supreme Court further delays ruling on access to abortion pill Goodness99

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A court of appeals already put part of the trial judge’s ruling on hold. But the Biden Administration and the drug’s manufacturer asked the Supreme Court to block it entirely. That is the request now pending before the justices.

The court’s extension of its administrative stay is unusual. That suggests that exchanges are ongoing between the justices. For example, the court could be preparing its own opinion or nuanced stay order. Or one or more justices may be writing opinions supporting or dissenting from a stay ruling.

The court has several options before it, both with respect to the stay and with how the appeal of the trial court’s ruling proceeds. Regarding the stay, the Supreme Court could entirely block the trial judge’s ruling or permit it to go forward, or adopt some middle ground as the court of appeals has. Regarding the appeal, the justices could allow the case to proceed in the court of appeals or take the case up themselves immediately.

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