FDA to permanently allow abortion pills by mail, a major win for advocates

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it will permanently allow patients to receive abortion pills by mail, expanding access to abortion as the Supreme Court grapples with the future of Roe v. Wade.

The new rule could help some women circumvent restrictions on abortion in states like Texas, where patients must pick up the medication in person and can’t acquire it through a telehealth appointment.

The expansion of telehealth services during the pandemic spurred greater access to the regimen, which was approved by the FDA in 2016 to terminate pregnancies up to 70 days gestation.

FDA to permanently allow abortion pills by mail, a major win for advocates