- Medication Abortion Pills can be delivered to your home or an address in neighboring legal states.
- Telehealth clinics like Just The Pill and Choice can prescribe the pills via online consultation.
- Photo ID and a selfie are required to confirm your identity in order for the pills to be sent to you.
abortion clinics say they are still offering pills to people outside their states after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade Friday.
Patients can order abortion pills online from telehealth providers like Just The Pill and Choice and have them sent to their homes in states where it is legal.
Telehealth companies offer remote patient care, including the prescription of drugs to induce abortions. Patients can receive their pills in the mail after an online video consultation with a doctor.
“Just The Pill will provide care for people who are able to travel in safe states,” Dr. Julie Amaon, medical director of Just The Pill and its program, Abortion Delivered, told Insider.
“So if your state of residence prohibits access to medical abortion, you can travel to another safe state to have a telehealth appointment,” she added.
Patients will then collect their medication from its mobile clinic or can have medication shipped to a safe location, Amaon said, and wait a day or two for it to be delivered.
Medical abortions are performed with the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone, which have been approved by the Food and drug administration (FDA) in 2000. Last year, the FDA decided that abortion pills can still be mailed rather than picked up in person.
That means states can’t ban the abortifacient drug mifepristone because of the FDA’s decision, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday.
Choice Telehealth Abortion Clinic allows patients to access its services without proof of residency, but will simply request an address in the state it is licensed to serve.
“Like any type of telehealth care provider, patients do not have to show proof of residency to obtain a
prescription or prescription Viagra. So we don’t want to demand that of our patients either,” said Choice co-founder Cindy Adam.
Choice simply asks patients to confirm their identity with a selfie.
“It will be an unfair challenge, to say the least, to see how restrictive states challenge us. It will be interesting to see how they come after telehealth because they don’t demand this from other telehealth providers. “, said Adam.
“We believe abortion care is health care and we want our patients to feel like the process is the same across all of our services. We try to follow the law and serve our patients within the laws and as the framework that these states in which we operate require,” she added.