The purpose of this study is to evaluate a service through which a patient can obtain medical abortion pills by mail without coming in person to a Planned Parenthood health center. The goal is to create a more convenient, patient-centered method of abortion.
The study has been approved by an ethics board and is being coordinated by a nonprofit research organization. Participation in the study is confidential. Participant names will not be included in study data or be shared with anyone besides PPMT providers and the research team. You can read more about confidentiality and privacy here.
How does it work?
- You’ll complete a screening call with the PPMT study coordinator to assess your initial eligibility.
- You’ll get an ultrasound, as well as blood tests if needed at facilities close to you (PPMT will help you find places to do this).
- You’ll have a video consultation from your phone or computer with a provider at PPMT. The provider will explain the process and review your ultrasound and blood tests to see if you’re eligible.
- The PPMT provider will send you the abortion pills by tracked mail.
- You’ll have a follow-up test and phone call to make sure your pregnancy has been terminated and that you are OK.
The entire process, including the video consultation, is completely confidential. No identifying information about you will be used in the study analyses.
Do I qualify?
You may qualify for this study if you:
- are pregnant and want a medical abortion;
- are age 16 or older;
- live in Montana or live elsewhere but are able to have your video consultation and receive the package in Montana;
- will be able to have all the necessary pre-abortion tests, receive the medications, and take the first abortion pill before you are 70 days (10 weeks) along in your pregnancy;
- have an address in Montana where you can receive mail (post office General Delivery or a UPS package pickup center can work);
- have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam and microphone (this is so you can video chat with a provider).