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TelAbortion Study

Planned Parenthood North Central States is working to expand access to abortion care. If you are pregnant and seeking an abortion, we offer medical abortion via telemedicine, where you connect with a provider by video, then receive the abortion medications by mail. 

If you are interested in the telemedicine abortion option please contact our research team at 1-800-230-7526 or [email protected]

Get the Abortion Pill in the mail through the TelAbortion Study

Planned Parenthood North Central States is proud to be a site for the TelAbortion Study.

The goal of this study is to create a more convenient, patient-centered method of abortion through evaluation of a service where patients can obtain their medical abortion pills by mail (without needing an in person appointment at a Planned Parenthood Center). 

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 Planned Parenthood North Central States providers and the research team.

 

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • are pregnant and are seeking a medical abortion
  • are age 18 years or older;
  • live in Minnesota or live elsewhere but are able to have your consult and receive the package in Minnesota.
  • 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 Minnesota where you can recieve mail (post office General Delivery or a FedEx/UPS package pickup center can work);
  • have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam and microphone (for the video chat with a provider).

The entire process, including the vid­eo consultation, is completely confidential. No identifying information about you will be used in the study analyses.

How it Works

  • Initial eligibility is determined through a phone screen with a Planned Parenthood provider. 
  • If eligible, you will have an ultrasound, and blood tests if needed, at facilities near you. (We will help you find places to do this.) 
  • You will complete a video consultation from your smartphone or computer with a Planned Parenthood provider. At this time, the provider will explain the remainder of the process and review with you, your ultrasound and blood test results. 
  • Your abortion pills will be sent by tracked mail with instructions. 
  • You will complete a follow-up test and phone call to ensure the pregnancy has been terminated and to discuss any further questions you may have.