Court’s Ruling Threatens Access to a Safe, Effective Abortion Medication
A federal judge in Texas just sided with anti-abortion groups in a lawsuit to take an abortion pill called mifepristone off the market.
The ruling could severely compromise access to medication abortion across the country, defying more than 20 years of medical evidence. This could have significant consequences for patients seeking abortion care.
While this is devastating news, the ruling does not go into effect for at least seven days; the approval of mifepristone remains intact until at least April 14.
Medication abortion is still safe, legal, and accessible. At Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, we are committed to continuing this critical care - no matter what.
As always, PPNNE will follow evidence-based standards to provide safe, high-quality abortion care and information to patients who come to us for care.
Everyone should have the ability to make decisions about their bodies, health, and futures, without political interference. Equal access to medication abortion helps give everyone the ability to make their own decisions about their lives and futures.
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How Does Medication Abortion/The Abortion Pill Work?
Medication abortion -- aka the Abortion Pill -- commonly involves two different drugs:
mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone and stops the pregnancy from continuing.
misoprostol causes the uterus to empty.
Both drugs are extremely safe and effective and have been used by more than five million people to safely end their pregnancies. You can get a medication abortion up to 11 weeks (77 days) after the first day of your last period.