Abortion pills gain attention as states enact abortion bans

Since October 2020, Just the Pill has conducted more than 2,500 telemedicine consultations with doctors to deliver abortion pills by mail to patients in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. Within days, the company plans to roll out the first of what will become a “mobile clinic park” in Colorado that will park along state lines, providing medical abortion counseling and pill dispensing, the doctor said. Julie Amaon, medical director of the organization.

Called “Abortion Delivered,” the “clinic on wheels” program, which will also provide surgical abortions for patients who opt for medical abortion or who are too far into pregnancy for medical abortion, is targeting patients in nearby states such as Texas, Oklahoma and USA. South Dakota, which quickly outlawed abortion after the court ruling, as well as other states such as Utah, which are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion.

“By working across national borders, we will reduce the burden on patients in states with bans or severe restrictions,” the doctor said. Amaon said. “And by moving beyond the traditional fixed clinic, our mobile clinics can quickly adapt to courts, state legislatures and markets, heading where it’s needed.”

Similar medical abortion providers are also planning an influx. Hey Jane, an organization that has served nearly 10,000 patients in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York and Washington, plans to expand to other states. “We have strengthened our team to meet this significant increase in demand,” said its chief executive, Kiki Friedman.

Anti-abortion groups are trying to counteract the growing interest in medical abortion by saying it is unsafe, calling it “chemical abortion”. James Studniki, vice president of data analytics at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a Susan B. Anthony affiliate of Pro-Life America, said Friday that “The safety of abortion pills has been greatly exaggerated,” and called the rise in medical abortions “a serious threat to public health.”

Much remains unknown about how states that ban all or most abortions will try to enforce their laws in cases of medical abortion. But as the Biden administration struggled to respond to the court ruling, two cabinet members quickly released statements promising to protect the right to take federally approved drugs.