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On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), the case that could curtail access to mifepristone.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Mifepristone will remain accessible without any potential medically unnecessary restrictions from the courts in states where abortion is legal at least until the Supreme Court rules on this case later this summer.
  • Mifepristone is safe, effective, and has been used by more than 5 million people in the United States for abortion and miscarriage care since the FDA approved it more than 20 years ago.
  • The Court should reject this politically motivated effort to interfere with the FDA’s approval process which has always been based on science and evidence.
  • Mifepristone has helped ensure that patients are able to make their own private medical decisions and has expanded access to reproductive health care — something that is under dire threat in this country.
  • No matter the outcome of this case, PPCWNY will continue to provide medication abortion at our health centers either using mifepristone or an alternative protocol.

Alabama IVF Ruling

You’ve likely heard about the Alabama Supreme Court deciding frozen embryos can be considered children under state law – and the ensuing discussion about the future legality of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the U.S.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Alabama Supreme Court’s decision denies people the freedom to decide if, when, and how to become parents—a direct consequence of personhood language embedded in state codes throughout the country.
  • So-called personhood laws were first passed to limit abortion, but they don't stop there. Attacks on abortion cause ripples that harm all reproductive healthcare—including IVF and birth control.
  • If some politicians have their way, what has happened in Alabama could be the reality for millions more people across the country. At both the state and federal levels, personhood language continues to proliferate under the guise of supporting families and pregnant people.
  • The chaos created by this decision is heightened by uncertainty about how far this dangerous reasoning will be taken to limit our reproductive health decisions.

Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Opill, the first oral contraceptive pill available without a prescription, is now in stores.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Birth control is not one-size-fits-all. There are many types of birth control available, and everyone responds to each type differently. The more safe, effective birth control options available, the better.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) birth control access is critical for people who face the biggest barriers to contraception, including Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, young people, immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, people who are under- or uninsured, and people with low incomes.
  • Planned Parenthood believes every person deserves access to the care and resources they need to live their best lives, including access to birth control.
  • Many people will still want contraception counseling and forms of birth control that they need to access through a healthcare provider.
  • The Opill is another tool to empower people and give them autonomy over their lives.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

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