Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans
As of October 2020, Just the Pill has provided more than 2,500 telemedicine consultations with physicians to deliver abortion pills by mail to patients in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. In a few days, it plans to set up Colorado’s first of what will become “a fleet of mobile clinics” to park along state lines, conduct drug abortion consultations and dispense pills, said Dr. . Julie Amaon, the organization’s medical director.
The clinic-on-wheels program, called “Abortion Delivered,” which will also provide surgical abortions for patients who prefer or are too far into the pregnancy for a drug abortion, is designed to help patients from nearby states such as Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota that quickly banned abortion after the court ruling, as well as other states like Utah that are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion.
“By operating at state lines, we will reduce the travel burden for patients in states with banned or strict limits,” said Dr. amaon. “And by going beyond a traditional brick-and-mortar clinic, our mobile clinics can quickly adapt to the courts, state legislature and markets, and go wherever they need to.”
Similar abortion drug providers are also planning an influx. Hey Jane, an organization that has helped nearly 10,000 patients in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York and Washington, plans to expand to more states. “We have expanded our team to meet this significant increase in demand,” said CEO, Kiki Freedman.
Anti-abortion groups are trying to counter the growing interest in drug abortion by claiming it is unsafe and calling it “chemical abortion.” James Studnicki, vice president of data analytics at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a branch of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, said Friday that “the safety of the abortion pill has been greatly exaggerated,” calling the increase in drug abortion “a serious threat to public health.”
Much is still unknown about how states that ban all or most abortions will try to enforce their laws in drug abortion cases. But as the Biden administration rushed to respond to the court’s ruling, two cabinet members quickly released statements promising to protect the right to take drugs approved by the federal government.