Medication Abortion

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.

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Our Doctors: Texas Abortion Law Is “Unsound Medicine”

In the wake of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Texas’ dangerous abortion restrictions last week, our physician-advocates have been speaking out in the media.

Board Chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood was quoted in the Houston Chronicle: “This law is insulting to doctors and harmful to women.” An anonymous colleague commented on the challenges abortion providers face in getting hospital admitting privileges: “Most hospitals are reluctant [to grant privileges]. They just don’t want to get involved in the fight.”

Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis published a letter in the New York Times, writing of the Texas law: “It is unsound medicine, undermines doctors’ training, and puts women’s well-being second to political interference.”

Leadership Training Academy alumna Dr. Robin Wallace published a letter in the Dallas Morning News: “There is no medical basis or purpose to the admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers. But this law will certainly do harm to women whose access to safe and legal abortion services will now be severely limited in many parts of this state.”

Current Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Sarah McNeil published a letter in USA Today: “I and my physician colleagues across the country continually seek out and welcome measures that improve patient safety, but absurd laws such as this one only hurt women and families by decreasing access to essential reproductive health care services.” 

Texas Abortion Restrictions Will Harm Women and Families

Dr. Nancy StanwoodYesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas’ dangerous and restrictive abortion law. Board Chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood responds:

Imagine if your doctor told you, “I know you had an appointment today, but because of a new law I can’t treat you. There’s another physician 300 miles away who might be able to help you…” You would feel angry, upset, and possibly desperate. This is a position that many women in Texas now find themselves in.

Read the rest of her statement here

North Carolina Governor McCrory Signs Dangerous, Restrictive Abortion Ban

Doctors group concerned for the safety and well-being of North Carolina women

New York, NY—Today, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed S.B. 353, a dangerous bill that will place onerous and medically unfounded barriers in the way of women accessing safe abortion care in his state.

The new law requires that doctors who provide abortions make medically unnecessary conversions to their facilities, limits access to early medication abortion, and bars insurance companies from covering abortion care.

Physicians for Reproductive Health’s board chair, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, made the following statement:

It’s beginning to feel like states are in a contest to see who can insert themselves the most into the doctor-patient relationship, and North Carolina is no exception. S.B. 353, the law signed today by Governor McCrory, will severely reduce the ability of the women in his state to obtain safe and legal abortion.

The proponents of this dangerous law claim it will improve patient safety. In fact, it will do the exact opposite. These restrictions are unscientific, unsafe, and unkind and will not reduce the need for abortion. What these new restrictions will do is needlessly impede the ability of health professionals to provide care, thus reducing safe and legal options for abortion and forcing women to travel farther and face delays.

“There have been a lot of jokes made about this bill being attached to a motorcycle safety law. I can tell you that women and the doctors who care for them are not laughing. Shame on the governor who pledged not to sign more restrictions on abortion and shame on the legislators who passed this law that will harm women’s health.” 

Doctors Stand With Texas Women

Today in Texas, Governor Rick Perry signed into law H.B. 2, the strictest abortion bill in the nation, despite weeks of protest from tens of thousands of Texans opposed to this extreme legislation.

Board Chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood derided his decision and expressed concern for the future health and well-being of women in Texas:

“The proponents of this dangerous law claim it will improve patient safety. In fact, it will do the exact opposite. These restrictions are unscientific, unsafe, and unkind….It is unconscionable that a state government should so actively seek to harm its citizens. We look to the courts to reverse this damaging law.”

Read her entire statement here