Mar 26, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Demonstrators rally at Supreme Court over major abortion pill case

Demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

Demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2024. Photo: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Demonstrators gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court, which began hearing oral arguments in a case on the abortion pill mifepristone, whose popularity has surged since the high court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Why it matters: Medication abortions accounted for the majority of abortions in the U.S. last year, per the Guttmacher Institute, and the court's ruling expected in June could restrict access to mifepristone.

  • Justices began hearing arguments at 10am ET in the case, which is the first to directly address abortion access since the 2022 Dobbs decision.
  • If the justices agree with an appeals court decision limiting access to mifepristone — which has remained widely available while the case is being argued— even states that haven't restricted abortion access would be affected.
  • Here are some scenes from the Supreme Court:
Demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.
Photo: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photographer: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Demonstrators protest outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Photo: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Abortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2024, in Washington, DC.
Photo: Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images
Abortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2024, in Washington, DC.
Photo: Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images
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