Telehealth Clinics Are Still Offering Abortion Pills Online
telehealth clinics are still offering abortion pills online

Telehealth Clinics Are Still Offering Abortion Pills Online

  • Medication abortion pills can be delivered to your home or an address in nearby legal states.
  • Telehealth clinics like Just The Pill and Choix can prescribe the pills via online consultation.
  • A photo ID and selfie is required to confirm your ID to get the pills sent to you.

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abortion clinics say they are still offering pills to people outside their states after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling on Friday.

Patients can order abortion pills online from telehealth providers like Just The Pill and Choix and have them sent to their home in states where doing so is legal. 

Telehealth companies offer remote care to patients including prescribing medication to trigger abortions. Patients can get their pills sent in the mail after an online video consultation with a medical practitioner. 

“Just The Pill will be providing care to people who are able to travel to safe states,” Dr Julie Amaon, medical director of Just The Pill and its program, Abortion Delivered, told Insider. 

“So if your state of residence bans access to medication abortion, you can travel to another safe state to have a telehealth appointment,” she added.

Patients will then pick up their medication at its mobile clinic or can have medication mailed to a location in a safe state, Amaon said, and wait one or two days for it to be delivered.

Medication abortions are carried out with the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Last year the FDA decided that abortion pills can always be posted rather than collected in person. 

The US government also lifted a ban on mail-order abortion pills in April 2021 after the Supreme Court previously voted to ban the abortion pill from postal delivery. 

This means that states can’t ban the abortion medication mifepristone because of the FDA decision, Merrick Garland, the Attorney General said on Friday.

Telehealth abortion clinic Choix lets patients access its services without proof of residency, but will just ask for an address in the state that it is licensed to serve.

“Just like any type of telehealth care providers, patients don’t have to show proof of residency to get a

birth control

prescription or a Viagra prescription. So we don’t want to require that of our patients either,” said Cindy Adam, Choix co-founder. 

Choix simply requires patients to confirm their ID with a selfie.

“It will be an unfair challenge, to say the least, to see how restrictive states challenge us. It’ll be interesting to see how they come after telehealth because they don’t require this of other telehealth providers,” Adam said.  

“We think that abortion care is health care and we want our patients to feel like the process is the same for any of our services. We’re trying to be within the law and serve our patients within the laws and that the framework that those the states we operate in require,” she added. 

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