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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 abortion medications by mail. 

If you are interested in the telemedicine abortion option please email our research team at [email protected] or call 612-821-6141.

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 where patients can obtain their medical abortion pills by mail (without needing an in person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center). 

The study has been approved by an ethics board and is 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. No identifying information about you will be used in the study analyses.


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

  • are pregnant and are seeking a medical abortion
  • are18 years  of age 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 complete 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 receive mail (post office, general delivery, or a FedEx/UPS package pickup center);
  • have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam and microphone (for the video chat with a provider).


How it Works

  • Your initial eligibility is determined through a phone screen with a Planned Parenthood provider. 
  • If eligible, you will undergo an ultrasound and lab tests (if indicated) at a health center near you. 
  • 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 your ultrasound and lab test results with you. 
  • Your abortion pills will be sent in the mail with instructions. 
  • You will complete a follow-up lab test and phone call to ensure the pregnancy has been terminated and to discuss any further questions you may have.