The next big American showdown could be over abortion pills

Roe is about to be executed. A woman’s ability to obtain abortion pills should not, and does not, need to be.

April 17, 2022
By Jessica Levinson, MSNBC Opinion Columnist

Both sides of the abortion debate are preparing for a post-Roe v. Wade world. Just this past week, red states like Kentucky, Oklahoma and Florida have rushed to severely restrict access to abortion. This year alone no fewer than 30 states have made moves to ban or significantly limit abortions. The writing is on the wall, the ceiling and the floor: The U.S. Supreme Court is almost certain to find that there is no constitutionally protected right to abortion.

In States where abortion is illegal, the abortion pill may be an option. A recent change by the Federal Drug Administration allows women to obtain a prescription for abortion pills through a telehealth appointment. But this doesn’t necessarily mean women in states that outlaw or severely restrict abortion, at least those who cannot travel to another state, will be left without any access to abortion.