This option has become the most used option during the pandemic
Now, about 40% of all pregnancy termination operations in the United States are performed with drugs rather than surgery, and this option has become the most widely used method during the coronavirus pandemic.
Proponents of abortion rights point out that the pandemic proves the value of virtual medical services, as well as the privacy and convenience of performing operations in patients’ homes rather than in clinics. People who oppose abortion worry that this method will become more common, so they are pushing for a multi-state proposal led by the Republican Party to restrict this practice, in some cases prohibiting providers from prescribing abortion drugs from a distance.
This year, Ohio implemented a ban, proposing criminal charges against doctors who violated the ban. The law will go into effect next week, but a lawsuit filed by a judge against the Planned Parenthood organization temporarily blocked the law.
Opponents of the ban point out that telemedicine abortion is safe, and the prohibition of tele-abortion has a disproportionate impact on rural residents who must travel long distances to the nearest abortion clinic.
Another bill seeks to ban the mailing of abortion pills and shorten the 10-period period allowed for the method, and requires doctors to tell women that they will have a medical abortion. The process can be reversed halfway. Critics consider this to be unfounded.
This is part of a wave of anti-abortion measures that some states are considering taking this year, including some that will ban almost all abortions. Supporters of these proposals hope that the Supreme Court, which currently has a conservative majority of 6-3, may be willing to overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, which established the right to terminate pregnancy nationwide.
Since the Drug Enforcement Administration approved the use of mifepristone in 2000, abortions caused by drugs have been available in the United States. Taken with misoprostol, it constitutes the so-called abortion medicine.