The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted restrictions on mifepristone, a drug approved for use in medical abortions, on Thursday.
The decision authorizes doctors to prescribe the drugs online and mail the pills, allowing women to perform early abortions — up to ten weeks of gestation — without leaving their homes. The FDA first approved mifepristone, which is paired with another drug called misoprostol, for earlier abortions in 2000.
The FDA announced two changes: “Removing the requirement that mifepristone be dispensed only in certain healthcare settings, specifically clinics, medical offices, and hospitals” also known as the “in-person dispensing requirement,” and “adding a requirement that pharmacies that dispense the drug be certified.”
Taken by pill, this type of abortion is also referred to as abortion with pills, chemical abortion, medication abortion, and telemedicine abortion.