When prescribed by a physician, medication abortion is a safe and effective way to terminate a pregnancy within the first nine weeks. The combination of two drugs, misoprostol and mifepristone, is used to halt the pregnancy and cause the lining of the uterus to shed.
Not only can medication abortion enable a woman to terminate a pregnancy in the privacy of her own home, it also allows her to do so in the earliest weeks of a pregnancy, when surgical abortion is not yet an option.
In some areas, providers are able to offer medication abortion services through telemedicine, but certain states prohibit it, and many telemedicine bans have been introduced in state legislatures.
State-level restrictions interfere with women’s ability to access medication abortion, making it an inconvenient, costly, and sometimes impossible option.
Physicians for Reproductive Health opposes unnecessary restrictions on medication abortion. Find out what we are doing to the counter attacks.