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Demonstrators protest federal executions of death row inmates, in front of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., in December. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Lisa Montgomery became on Wednesday the first female inmate to be executed since 1953, per AP.

The big picture: The 52-year-old Kansas woman was declared dead at 1:31am after having a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, following a Supreme Court ruling late Tuesday.

  • The court sided with the Trump administration in the 6-3 ruling, one day after a federal judge granted Montgomery a stay of execution hours before she was originally scheduled to die.
  • The Supreme Court's three liberal justices dissented.

Of note: Montgomery's attorneys had argued that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of people like Montgomery who, "due to their severe mental illness or brain damage, do not understand the basis for their executions."

For the record: Federal executions had been stalled for 16 years, until the Trump administration resumed federal capital punishment last July, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez notes.

  • Montgomery was one of three inmates the Department of Justice scheduled to be executed this week — days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who's against the federal death penalty.

Background: Montgomery was convicted in 2004 for the murder of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, cutting her baby from her stomach and kidnapping the child.

  • The baby survived the 2004 attack in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore.

Go deeper: Trump's last word on executions

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Supreme Court sides with Trump administration on abortion pill rule

Capitol Police stand guard at the Supreme Court Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Photo:y Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Supreme Court granted a Trump administration appeal on Tuesday and reinstated a federal requirement obligating women seeking an abortion pill to obtain the drug from a hospital or medical center in person.

Why it matters: It's the court's first ruling on abortion since the arrival of the conservative Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
16 mins ago - Health

Overturning Roe could strain abortion access even in blue states

The Supreme Court is reflected in a woman's sunglasses during a march Oct. 2. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortions could be harder to access even in states where they remain legal, because those clinics could be flooded with patients from states that have cracked down.

The big picture: This has happened before, and clinics fear the crush of demand would be a major problem in the immediate wake of a decision that would allow states to ban abortion.

A critical race theory founder says he's being inundated with threats

Richard Delgado. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado, one of the founders of the critical race theory movement, tells Axios he and his wife have been receiving a steady stream of threatening messages since the coordinated, conservative campaign against critical race theory began.

Why it matters: Educators across the country — even some elementary school teachers — have faced harassment and threats over the past year over lesson plans that teach about system racism in the U.S.