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A Federal Judge will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case that could determine whether women in the US will be able to access abortion pills by mail. The case centers on a federal requirement that the pills be obtained in person from a medical facility, which has been temporarily reinstated by the court pending further review.

Supporters of the requirement argue that ensuring patient safety and proper care is necessary. At the same time, opponents say it places an undue burden on women seeking abortions, particularly those in rural areas or with limited access to transportation.

Wednesday’s hearing is the first in the case in which groups are intensely tracking both sides of the abortion issue after last year’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. However, there was little advance notice of the high-profile session, which only appeared on the public online docket late Monday after news reports raised concerns about a lack of transparency in the proceedings.

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Primary Source: Associated Press, The Hill

Factual Confidence: High (Multiple Source Reporting)

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