FDA Approves Abortion by Mail

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permanently eased some restrictions on mifepristone, one of the two compounds used in chemical abortion, allowing the drug to be sent by mail rather than requiring it to be dispensed in person.
The FDA approved the drug in 2000. In 2021, citing the pandemic, the government temporarily eased restrictions on the pill permitting  women to obtain chemical abortions via telemedicine. The FDA’s latest decision makes that temporary change permanent.
As a result of the FDA rule change, women in many states, including California, may receive mifepristone in the mail without ever visiting a clinic, medical office or hospital in person. Nineteen states have laws in place that override FDA decision, barring telehealth consultations or shipping abortion pills through the mail.