European doctor sees "enormous" rise in Americans seeking abortion pills
A European doctor who prescribes abortion pills to women in the United States told CBS News she has seen an "enormous" increase in demand since a leaked draft from the Supreme Court revealed it is prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The big picture: The draft Supreme Court opinion released on Monday night by Politico would immediately make abortion illegal in at least 13 states. Advocates fear a wider crackdown will follow after the court finalizes its ruling.
Driving the news: Dr. Rebecca Gomperts runs Aid Access, a nonprofit that provides access to abortions. Her organization has seen an increase in people seeking abortion pills, she told CBS.
- Gomperts said she thinks it is a good idea for women in America to have abortion pills in their medicine cabinet in case they need it.
Background: Before the pandemic, abortion pills — two medications called mifepristone and misoprostol — had to be obtained in person.
- In December, the Food and Drug Administration began allowing people to get the medications through telemedicine and via mail.
- However, 19 states have banned the prescription of abortion pills via telemedicine and the mailing of the medications.
Our thought bubble, via Axios’ Oriana Gonzalez: While advocates might consider these pills as a solution for people in places where clinic abortions might disappear, they could potentially also become unavailable as red states continue to pass laws punishing the people who provide the medication.
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