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Abortion pills now available through US drug stores and by mail, even in states that ban abortion, FDA says

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p35 (Published 06 January 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p35
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

American women will be able to access medical abortion pills from drug stores and mail order pharmacies after the drug regulator changed dispensing rules, making them available even in states that ban or severely limit abortion.1

The Guttmacher Institute, which gathers information about contraception and abortion, said that 58% of US women aged between 13 and 44 live in a state that is hostile or severely hostile to abortion rights.2 Medication abortions account for more than half of all US abortions, it said.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 3 January that drug stores will be able …

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