Pills in the Post – Abortion Advocates DEFY Bans!

(USNewsMag.com) – Citizens in states with abortion restrictions can get abortion pills by mail from reproductive health groups.

Abortion supporters have been looking for ways to bypass state abortion laws. A group of abortion providers and educators are working to help women in states with strict anti-abortion laws get medicated abortions. 

Elisa Wells of Plan C, an abortion information group, said that people need to know they have options in Texas.

Despite being illegal in Texas, abortion pills can be obtained by Texans through a list of approved providers and virtual consultations with clinicians. However, sending abortion pills through the mail is illegal in Texas under a 2021 law, punishable by prison time and a fine of up to $10,000. 

Medical providers in Idaho are no longer allowed to prescribe abortion pills. Blaine Conzatti, the Idaho Family Policy Center president, said that mutual aid societies in Idaho are putting themselves in legal jeopardy by distributing illegal abortion pills to women. His organization was responsible for drafting Idaho’s heartbeat law and No Public Funds for Abortion law.

The group also backed the abortion trafficking law that was recently blocked by a federal judge in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. Conzatti stated that there are legal precedents for prosecuting individuals outside state lines.

According to him, California, Oregon, and Washington have reciprocal agreements with Idaho, and refusing to extradite abortionists to Idaho would be negligent in their responsibilities.

Providers of online abortion resources have methods to safeguard themselves. Rather than selling pills, Plan C provides advice and options. Their website sends users to abortions rights groups who can provide pills.

The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health organization, reports that medication abortion makes up 54% of US abortions. In December, the FDA eliminated the need for clinical settings to provide abortion medications. Although not classified as a controlled substance, a prescription is still required for abortion pills.

Despite laws prohibiting the use of abortion pills, the U.S. Postal Service will not aid states in enforcing them. 

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