New Bill Helps People Get Abortion Pills in Anti-Abortion States

( – “Shield laws” have helped medical providers provide abortion pills to over forty thousand people who live in states where abortion is banned.

Researchers from #WeCount worked on a project called the Society of Family Planning, which studies the impact of abortion restrictions. They looked into five blue states, including Colorado, Vermont, Washington State, New York, and Massachusetts. Their goals were to look at how these shield laws affected these states as the laws protect medical providers from legal repercussions when supplying patients with abortion pills.

On average, within a two-month span, the average monthly amount of medication abortions was at fifty-eight hundred. In states where in-person abortions are legal, but not telehealth abortions, the states saw on average two thousand medication abortions.

#WeCount co-chair, Dr. Ushma Upadhyay, said, “That’s a huge number of people who are getting abortions in a way that didn’t exist just a few years ago. It’s unbelievable, and it’s a method of obtaining an abortion that most people in the US still don’t even know is available.”

According to the report, despite the overturning of Roe v Wade, abortion counts rose to a monthly average of eighty-five thousand monthly abortions.

Upadhyay said, “It leads to continued debate in our field. What’s happening here? How can this be happening?” She continued, “It is really interesting, but also so important to remember that there are many people living in states with bans that aren’t able to get their abortions.”

Telehealth abortions have also been on the rise as they make up for almost twenty percent of all abortions. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on a case that could potentially eliminate all access to telehealth abortions. Anti-abortion activists have asked the courts to reverse a motion that was put in by the FDA, which allowed patients to have a common abortion pill delivered remotely, instead of having them pick it up in person.

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