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Medication Abortion


The method for terminating a pregnancy should be determined by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

Medication abortion, also known as RU-486, is a safe, nonsurgical way for women to terminate a pregnancy in its early stages.

This medication has been used safely and effectively worldwide since 1981. It was first approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, after extensive research and testing.

However, anti-choice politicians who want to outlaw abortion completely have relentlessly tried to restrict access to medication abortion despite its effectiveness and safety. These attempts put partisan ideology ahead of public health.

One tactic anti-choice politicians have employed to block a woman’s access to medication abortion is to enact bans on the use of telehealth for dispensing prescriptions. Such bans are especially harmful to women who live in rural or underserved areas far from an abortion provider.

Anti-choice groups also deliberately try to conflate medication abortion with emergency contraception (EC). EC is a form of birth control and does not cause abortion.

Fact Sheets


The Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Medication Abortion
Mifepristone is a Safe Choice
Mifepristone: The Impact of Abortion Politics
The Women’s Health Protection Act: Reclaiming a Woman’s Right to Choose
More Reports & Fact Sheets

Current State Laws: Restricted Access to Medication Abortion


These states have a ban on telemedicine abortion.

I know how important access is for women of color — I had an abortion when I was 19, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

Renee Bracey Sherman
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Board Member
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Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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