Medication abortion care is a safe, effective option for ending an early pregnancy.

But FDA restrictions require patients to find a health care provider who has agreed to prescribe, stock, and dispense it themselves. Therefore, very few providers offer it. And it can’t be picked up at your local pharmacy.

These restrictions push abortion care out of reach for people who are already marginalized by our health care system—especially Black and brown women who are struggling to make ends meet, those who live in rural areas, and those without a nearby abortion provider.

Given it’s 20-year track record of safety and effectiveness, It’s time to follow the science.

Patients should be able to receive their medications for abortion care in the way that makes the most sense for them, whether that is at a health center, their local pharmacy or delivered to their home.

Join us in calling on FDA to lift their outdated restrictions.

Medication abortion care is used by about 4 in 10 patients who have abortions.

  • Outdated FDA restrictions require providers to act as both prescriber and pharmacists.
  • Anti-abortion politicians in 19 states have banned the use of medication abortion care through telemedicine.

Medication abortion can be safely provided through telehealth, where patients consult with their providers by video or telephone.


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  • Will at-home abortions make Roe v. Wade obsolete?

    March 21, 2021
    But for advocates like Silvia Henriquez, the co-president of the abortion rights group All* Above All, looser federal rules for the pills is part of a long-held goal. “We are working towards a future where abortion care is there when we need it, where it’s affordable, accessible and on our own terms, without barriers,” she … Continued
  • Opinion: How the Biden administration should stand up for abortion rights

    January 27, 2021
    The Washington Post
    Herminia Palacio, MD, is president and chief executive of the Guttmacher Institute. Daniel Grossman, MD, is the director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at UC San Francisco. As physicians and researchers with experience in using evidence to inform policymaking, we are thrilled with the return of facts and science to the White … Continued
  • A Profile of Self-Managed Abortion

    January 6, 2021
    The Doctor Will See You Now
    Recent developments have made it increasingly difficult for many women to access abortion services in the United States. “Abortion deserts” — cities where people have to travel 100 miles or more to reach an abortion clinic — have become more and more common, the result of restrictive state laws governing access to reproductive care. Six states have … Continued
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