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Abortion Pills

By: Jenny Qiang

Just after the Supreme Courts removed the legal right to abortion in the United States, nearly 100 applications were submitted to Just the Pill, a non-profit organization that distributes abortion pills. The majority of the appointment requests came from patients in states where their rights had been removed. The organization received around four times its average daily appointment request number. Because abortion is no longer legal in the United States, pregnancy-ending pills are growing in popularity.

Abortion pills will be used even more frequently following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Abortion pills have already been used in more than half of recent abortions in the United States. Given that nearly half of the states have removed the legal right to abortion, legal battles are bound to unfold.

The medication method is used in the first ten weeks of a pregnancy, and includes taking two drugs, 24 to 48 hours apart. This is to cause contractions to remove the fetus. Many patients choose this option because it is cheaper and more private.

Since October 2020, Just the Pill has conducted more than 2,500 online doctor consultations to send abortion pills to patients in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and Wyoming. It plans to start providing extended service by parking at Colorado state borders to provide abortion counseling to people in nearby states.

According to Dr. Amaon, doing business at the state line will make travel for patients who reside in areas with strict restrictions easier. “By moving beyond a traditional brick-and-mortar clinic, our mobile clinics can quickly adapt to the courts, state legislatures, and the markets, going wherever the need is.”

There are several unanswered questions regarding how states that have banned abortions will manage to enforce their laws in the cases of abortion pills. As President Biden hurried to react to the court ruling, two cabinet members issued statements promising to keep the right to take abortion drugs that had been approved by the federal government.

Most states that have banned abortion have targeted those who assist patients, not the patients themselves. Professor Ziegler suggested that this may change with regard to cases where the abortion occurs outside state lines, as "there may be absolutely no one else in that state to go after but the patient."

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