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FDA Reverses on Abortion Pill Access During Pandemic

As they could before Trump, women don't have to go in person for mifepristone

(Newser) - Women seeking an abortion pill will not be required to visit a doctor's office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic, US health officials said Tuesday. It's the latest reversal in an ongoing legal battle over the medication. The FDA announced the policy change in a letter to the...

Supreme Court: No More Abortion Pill by Mail

Justices say women must obtain mifepristone in person despite coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ordered Tuesday that women must visit a doctor's office, hospital, or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, though similar rules for other drugs have been suspended during the public health emergency. Eight days before President Trump leaves office, the justices...

For Now, SCOTUS Won't Weigh In on Abortion Pill

It can still be sent via mail amid pandemic

(Newser) - The high court has ruled: For the time being, women in early pregnancy will still have access to the abortion pill without having to first visit a doctor. The Supreme Court weighed in on the issue on a temporary basis Thursday night, following a federal district court judge's ruling...

Judge OKs Sending Abortion Pill via Mail During Pandemic

Judge agrees that the rule requiring an in-person visit is not OK at this time

(Newser) - A federal judge agreed Monday to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic, or medical office to obtain an abortion pill. US District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland concluded that the “in-person requirements” for patients seeking medication abortion care impose a...

No Charges for Mom Who Took Abortion Pill at 5 Months

Georgia DA drops murder count

(Newser) - Murder charges have been dropped against a Georgia woman who took an abortion pill she bought online and delivered a five-and-a-half-month-old fetus that lived for 30 minutes, reports WALB . Kenlissa Jones, 23, reportedly took four pills of Cytotec—the brand name of the drug misoprostol used alongside mifepristone in non-surgical...

Mom Imprisoned for Giving Daughter Abortion Pills

Pennsylvania mom Jennifer Whelan gets up to 18 months

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mom who helped her 16-year-old daughter end an unwanted pregnancy is going to spend up to 18 months behind bars. Single mother Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, was sentenced Friday to between 12 and 18 months under a state law that says only doctors can carry out abortions, reports...

Pregnant Woman Given Abortion Pill, Not Antibiotic

Pharmacy accidentally hands her another woman's prescription

(Newser) - Mareena Silva, six weeks pregnant, went a Safeway pharmacy to pick up an antibiotic her doctor had prescribed—but instead, she walked out with an abortion drug. Silva took methotrexate, which is used for chemotherapy and for early-stage pregnancy termination, because she believed it was hers, but realized the mistake...

New 'Morning After' Pill May Come to US

Offers longer protection; sure to stir up abortion debate

(Newser) - Prepare for another big debate over a "morning after" pill. An FDA panel next week will begin vetting a French pill called "ella" that its manufacturer wants to sell in the US, reports the Washington Post . Ella already is sold in 22 countries as an emergency contraceptive that...

Woman Tweets Her Abortion
 Woman Tweets Her Abortion 

Woman Tweets Her Abortion

Says she's trying to 'demystify' process

(Newser) - Angie Jackson wants to take the veil off of abortion. The blogger and mother of one became pregnant when her IUD failed, found out too late to take the morning-after pill, but because of health risks has turned unapologetically to RU-486. And she's live-tweeting the entire experience.

Italy OKs RU-486; Vatican Threatens Excommunications

(Newser) - Italy has legalized the abortion drug RU-486, drawing the ire of the Vatican, which threatened to excommunicate doctors who prescribe the medication and women who take it. A church official said using the pill is "a sin in a moral and juridical sense," but a politician who is...

FDA Will Let 17-Year-Olds Get 'Morning After' Pill

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration will allow 17-year-olds to get the "morning-after" birth control pill without a doctor's prescription. The agency said today it would not appeal a federal judge's recent order overturning restrictions imposed during the Bush administration. The judge had ruled that Bush appointees let politics, not...

Abortion Pill Maker in Tainted Drug Scandal

Paralyzing meds made by Chinese firm that sells all RU-486 in US

(Newser) - A Chinese pharmaceutical giant which exports the abortion pill RU-486 to the US is accused of producing tainted cancer medication and of attempting a cover-up.  Shanghai Hualian's tainted drugs left 200 Chinese leukemia patients hospitalized, some paralyzed, reports the New York Times. There's no indication US shipments of RU-486...

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