New research finds that abortions prescribed over the phone or online can be safe and effective. The study found that a large majority of women who received medication abortions in California last year via telehealth service required no follow-up medical care, and no major adverse events were reported. The findings may be especially relevant given a pending decision by the Food and Drug Administration on whether it will permanently lift a requirement for abortion drugs to be distributed in a doctor’s office.
Medication abortion is usually carried out with a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol, taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone has been under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), a restriction imposed by the FDA on how a drug can be used. This restriction mandates…