This is pretty cool: The FDA did away with a rule that required patients to pick up abortion pills at hospitals, clinics or doctors’ offices:
The elimination of the regulation, which had been temporarily suspended, means abortion pills can be prescribed through telehealth consultations and mailed to patients…
…The medication, mifepristone, was approved by the FDA in 2000 for what’s known as medication abortion. It is used with a second drug, misoprostol. Long-standing FDA rules required patients to pick up mifepristone in person at a hospital, clinic or medical office. There is no FDA requirement that the medication, also known as RU-486, be taken in a clinical setting, and most patients take it at home.
Of course the fetus-fondler already have laws on the books to make these changes difficult:
Loosening the federal restrictions will not change abortion access in many states with stricter regulations on the pills. Nineteen states have banned receiving the drugs through telehealth appointments, making the relaxed FDA rules irrelevant in places including Alabama, Arizona and Missouri.
I’d love to know how those certain states plan to restrict mail to patients without incurring a federal response for tampering with the mail.
This is a very measured response and probably should have been taken years ago. While everyone is fully expecting SCOTUS to strike down Roe (thanks a lot Justice Coathangers) and send women to unsafe, back-alley abortionists, having this medicine available for home use should mitigate some of that danger:
“One of the things we have that we didn’t have in the ’60s and ’70s is access to abortion pills that are very safe, very effective if you have the right instructions,” Aiken said. “Self management is a safety net. And it’s also an ability to take your health care into your own hands when the state legislature is trying to block access.”
Atta boy, Joe. And thank you.