FDA Allows Abortion Pills By Mail

Dec 20, 2021

Women who want to end their pregnancies now have it a lot easier in many states. On Dec. 16, 2021, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) loosened restrictions on mail delivery of medication that induces abortion, e.g. RU-486.

Women can now “terminate a pregnancy” without leaving the comforts of home. They can mail-order the pills just as they might a blood pressure or thyroid medication.

Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, may be on its way out, depending on U.S. Supreme Court decisions to come, so the rush is on to retain “reproductive rights” of “pregnant individuals.”

The COVID pandemic opened the way for this permanent change. The FDA had temporarily waived mail delivery requirements for the pill since women’s access to abortion clinics and hospitals may have been restricted or limited.

Women are required to get a prescription for the medication, but only need to do so through a telehealth visit with a clinician. They can choose to have abortion pills shipped to their address rather than visiting a health facility for an abortion.

The effect of this change to the 20-year-old regulation will vary by state. More than a dozen Republican-led states have limited access to the abortion pills, including outlawing delivery by mail.

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