The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to reinstate a requirement for patients seeking abortions to visit doctor’s offices in order to obtain one of the drugs used in medication-induced abortions — a requirement that opponents say subjects patients to unnecessary risk during the coronavirus pandemic. “Most women take the pills that end a pregnancy in its early stages at home,” the Washington Post’s Robert Barnes reports, “and U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang ruled in July that requiring an in-person visit to obtain the medications during the pandemic was unduly burdensome.” In an emergency filing on Wednesday, the Trump administration asked the justices to overturn Chuang’s nationwide injunction that bars the Food and Drug Administration from enforcing the requirement. Additional coverage of the administration’s request comes from Caroline Kelly of CNN, Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon.

Briefly:

  • In her newest column in the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse imagines “the nightmare scenarios surrounding the presidential election and its aftermath that could conceivably propel a case” to the Supreme Court — a situation that Greenhouse says could become a reprise of Bush v. Gore.
  • At Subscript Law, Mariam Morshedi has a new infographic report explaining Carney v. Adams, a case involving Delaware’s attempt to ensure ideological balance in its judiciary. It is scheduled to be argued on Oct. 5.
  • In the National Law Journal’s Supreme Court Brief, Tony Mauro highlights a new cookbook, published by the American Bar Association, containing recipes from five Supreme Court justices, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “fast and easy dressed-up fish” and Justice Stephen Breyer’s Italian pot roast.

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Recommended Citation: James Romoser, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 27, 2020, 8:41 AM), https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/08/thursday-round-up-541/