All You Need to Know about Medication Abortion Right Now
By Kate McKee | April 11, 2023, 6:09 p.m.
*an earlier version of this post stated that mifepristone’s FDA approval was granted until April 14, 2023. On April 21, 2023, the Supreme Court granted the stay of mifepristone, meaning that mifepristone remains FDA-approved and on the market. Read our statement here.
Abortion pills are safe, and still available for those who need them.
You may have heard about a recent court case in Texas involving abortion pills and the FDA.
We know this is a confusing time for anyone who needs abortion care, and we want to provide information and support as much as possible.
What the case means
The decision in this court case means that one of two medicines, mifepristone, used for a medication abortion (sometimes called abortion pills) could become unavailable to people who need abortions.
Rest assured that abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania. And Planned Parenthood Keystone will continue to offer medication abortion and procedural abortion.
The court ruling means that eventually, mifepristone may no longer be used for medication abortion. Mifepristone access will remain intact for now, but if the ruling stands, it will affect access to mifepristone across the country – but it will not end medication abortions.
We want to be clear that mifepristone is safe and effective. The ruling is a politically motivated attack on abortion care to further their agenda to ban abortion, birth control, and other sexual and reproductive health nationwide. This is yet another effort to interfere with the patient-provider relationship, making it harder for people to get the safe medical care they need and deserve.
If you or someone you know needs abortion care, you can get more information from our FAQs page or you can call 1-800-230-7526 to schedule an appointment for an abortion consultation with one of our board-certified doctors. You can also find an abortion provider and up-to-date information by visiting abortionfinder.org.
We know that banning abortion pills does not take away people’s need to access abortion care. And we are doing everything we can to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the health care and information they need to make their own decisions about their bodies, their futures, and their families – including the decision about when is the right time for pregnancy.