I think we all know that once you give a theocrat an inch, they take a cubit. Axios(!) morning email thingie takes a look at what’s next from the he-man woman-haters. Click the link and look at the graphic, it is stunning; also I’m a bad blogger, here’s the item in full:
As the Supreme Court signals a potential end to Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists are heralding abortion pills as a potential option in places where clinics may have to close.
- But several red states are already cracking down on the pills, Axios’ Oriana Gonzalez, Ashley Gold and Jacque Schrag report.
Zoom out: Almost half of U.S. states have banned or tightly restricted abortion pills — two medicines named Mifepristone and Misoprostol — and more could soon follow.
- Prior to the pandemic, the FDA said patients seeking abortion pills had to get the drug from hospitals or medical facilities in person.
- In April, the Biden administration lifted that requirement, opening up access through telemedicine. The FDA is expected to decide next week whether that option will remain in place.
Zoom in: A new Texas law went into effect last week that completely bans the use of abortion pills after seven weeks of pregnancy.
- Indiana bans the pills after 10 weeks.
What’s next: Some activists have been pointing to newer options that skirt certain telemedicine restrictions and operate in a legal gray area.
- An online provider, Aid Access, founded by a Dutch physician in 2018, will mail abortion pills internationally.
The other side: “Pro-life groups are encouraging states to … install safeguards for women that will ensure they are aware of the risks when undergoing a chemical abortion,” said Prudence Robinson, of Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy group.
- South Dakota is the only state that prohibited the mailing of abortion pills via executive order instead of legislation. Gov. Kristi Noem (R) directed the state’s health department to set up a rule banning telemedicine for the pills.