USA – Getting abortion pills by mail is already more complicated than it might seem

Most states have at least one restriction on medication abortion beyond FDA rules. Overturning Roe v. Wade would further limit access.

May 12, 2022
By Aria Bendix

Google searches for the term "abortion pills" rose to an all-time high on May 3, the day Politico published a leaked draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The two-drug regimen of medication abortion, as it's clinically known, has been available since the Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2000. People have been able to get the pills by mail since April 2021, when the FDA suspended enforcement of a requirement that the first pill be administered in person. The agency made that option permanent in December.