(CNN) – The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade spotlights abortion pills.
“Medical abortion has opened up options for people who need abortion care,” said Dr. Jen Villavicencio of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Instead of having surgery, medical abortion is a method of terminating pregnancy by taking a combination of pills approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The first pill is called mifepristone and the second is called misoprostol.
The FDA says both are safe and effective for up to 11 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period.
“It’s extremely safe. It’s safer than Viagra. It’s safer than most over-the-counter pain relievers, for example,” said Women on Waves director Dr. Rebecca Gomperts.
Dr. Meera Shah, family physician and chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, says that getting abortion drugs and pills online is safe if the pills are from reputable outlets.
Hey Jane, a telehealth organization that provides medical abortion pills in some states, says average patient demand has more than doubled from last month following the High Court ruling.
A similar organisation, Aid Access, says demand started to increase in May when the Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked.
“We have seen an incredible increase in requests for help. People are really, really scared,” Gomperts said.
Some abortion advocates say the next battle over abortion rights may be over access to these abortion pills.
Some Republican governors are already signaling that they will take action to block access to abortion pills.
“We don’t think he should be available because it’s a dangerous situation for these people,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said.
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