Now they will not be obligated to go to the doctor’s office or clinic
US health authorities announced on Tuesday that women seeking medical abortions will not need to visit a doctor’s office or clinic during the coronavirus pandemic, marking the latest setback in the ongoing legal battle for the drug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the new policy in a letter to the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, several professional associations that filed suits against restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump during his administration. one.
FDA Acting Director Dr. Janet Woodcock said that when a woman took an abortion pill without first visiting a doctor’s office and discussing the possible risks of miscarriage, a review of recent studies “does not seem to show a significant increase risks of”. As internal bleeding.
The new policy will allow women to obtain prescriptions to purchase pills through telemedicine and receive them by mail. However, anti-abortion activists are seeking proposals in Republican-ruled states to make it difficult to obtain the drug.
Since the FDA approved the use of mifepristone in 2000, medical abortion has been possible in the United States. When mifepristone is used in combination with a misoprostol hormone blocker, it constitutes a so-called abortion drug. In the United States, 40% of all pregnancy terminations are currently performed with drugs rather than surgery, which has become extremely important during the coronavirus pandemic.