Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform introduced a resolution Thursday that urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to eliminate the requirement that people seeking a medication abortion must obtain the medication in-person. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA required that mifepristone, the first of two pills used in medication abortion, […]
FDA Lifts Ban on Receiving Abortion Pill By Mail During Pandemic
On Tuesday, the Biden administration lifted the ban on receiving the pills required for medication abortion through the mail. The reprieve only applies for the duration of the pandemic but is still a major victory for abortion rights advocates. In a letter sent Monday, acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said that the agency would stop […]
Attorneys General Urge the FDA to Allow Use of Mifepristone by Mail During COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to abortion-related concerns taking place during the COVID-19 outbreak, a group of 21 attorneys general are urging the federal government to allow pregnant individuals to use mifepristone if they would like to terminate their pregnancy without unnecessary travel. According to Huffington Post senior reporter Melissa Jeltsen, the current system in place requires that […]
UK Government Permits Medication Abortions at Home During Coronavirus Lockdown
The United Kingdom government announced that it will allow patients to perform medication abortions at home during the national coronavirus lockdown. The decision follows a week of confusion over abortion access in the UK after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued and then hours later rescinded its initial order to allow home […]
FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression, but Could Cost Up to $34,000
The Food and Drug Administration approved brexanolone, an intravenous medication specifically designed to treat postpartum depression that is expected to be sold under the brand name Zulresso in June, for a hefty price tag of about $34,000. The drug works quickly, with effects taking place within 48 hours. However, the medication itself is delivered by […]
Michigan House Renews Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Early Thursday morning, the Michigan statehouse passed a bill renewing the 2012 “telemedicine ban,” which is set to expire at the end of December. Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law before the New Year when newly-elected Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer takes office. The “telemedicine ban” prevents doctors from prescribing an abortion-inducing […]
ACLU Sues FDA Over Mifepristone Restrictions
A Hawaiian doctor, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, has launched a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for placing unnecessary restrictions on Mifepristone, also known as Mifeprex, a pill used for medical abortions.
FDA Expands Access to Medication Abortion
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made mifepristone (the early option of abortion by pills, or medication abortion) more accessible to women, but still kept in place unnecessary regulations.
Arizona Judge Blocks Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law
An Arizona judge permanently blocked an anti-abortion law on Thursday that would have severely restricted access to medication abortions.
Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill – A Lifesaver for Women
Although drug mifepristone is most commonly used for early abortion, Beth Jordan, MD., explains why it should also be widely available to treat life-saving medical and mental health conditions that disproportionately impact women.
Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling
An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions
The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
Supreme Court to Decide New Abortion Pill Case
An Oklahoma law that could outlaw all drug-induced abortions – and could have a sweeping impact on other abortion laws across the nation – is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.