In addition to evaluating new drug applications, the FDA also inspects drug manufacturing facilities.
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As the government’s oldest consumer protection agency, the FDA has long butted up against drugmakers, activists and politicians. But undermining its work could be harmful to patient health and safety.
Mifepristone is used together with another pill, misoprostol, in medication abortions.
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Mifepristone’s safety in medication abortions has been well established over more than two decades, but legal wrangling leaves the future of the drug hanging in the balance.
The Supreme Court is the latest court to take up the question of regulating a medication used for abortions.
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Many people wonder how courts can rule in contradictory ways. But it happens relatively frequently.
Morning-after pills are most effective when taken within three days after sex.
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The increase in abortion restrictions may also lead to a decline in access to emergency contraceptives.
Legal battles are being waged over mifepristone, one of two drugs used in medication abortion.
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A rash of pending lawsuits raises questions about the FDA’s approval of mifepristone two decades ago, whether the drug can be legally mailed and the constitutional right to interstate commerce.
The rule change has little to no effect in states where abortion is banned or restricted.
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The FDA’s allowance for pharmacies to dispense mifepristone will broaden access to the two-pill mifepristone-misoprostol regimen of medication abortion, which is 95% to 98% effective.
Abortion rights protesters attend a rally outside the Michigan capitol building on June 24, 2022, following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Crowdfunding campaigns are well-intentioned and have done a great deal of good on the abortion rights front, but there are less compromised venues for support available.
Voters in Michigan said ‘yes’ to Prop 3, a ballot protecting abortion rights.
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Abortion rights were on the ballot in five states during the midterm elections – all broke in favor of abortion-rights advocates.
Nigerian law forbids abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger.
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In the context of Nigeria’s restrictive abortion laws, promoting access to medication abortion drugs is a life saver.
Of the 10 most child-friendly states, only one has attempted to ban abortion.
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States taking the strictest stands against abortion tend to have among the worst statistics in the nation on child and family well-being.
The majority of fertilized eggs die and are resorbed into the body.
Human embryos are far more likely to die than come to term, an evolutionary trait seen across species. Laws granting personhood at conception ignore built-in embryo loss, with potentially grave consequences.
A self-managed abortion is the termination of pregnancy outside the formal health care system, often with self-sourced abortion pills.
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The fall of Roe v. Wade will result in more people deciding to privately end a pregnancy, a new study finds. But how often people will turn to safe versus unsafe options remains to be seen.
A plane ticket and hotel stay are not the only costs to consider when traveling to get an abortion.
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For many who must travel to get an abortion, the financial burden of the trip can be overwhelming.
Without full access to reproductive health care, traumatic birth experiences will undoubtedly rise.
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Escalating legal restrictions throughout the US might mean an increase in mental health disorders for those who are denied an abortion.
The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2022.
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Unlike in most countries, US Supreme Court justices enjoy life tenure. Some legal scholars believe that centuries-old custom, meant to protect judicial independence, no longer serves the public.
When abortion care is restricted, demand for abortion pills goes up.
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Abortion pills are available online, and many of them are safe. But not all sites have been properly vetted for legitimacy.
A sign reads ‘I’m on your side’ outside the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, La., in April 2022.
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Abortion funds, which help people who cannot afford the procedure, are facing new kinds of pressures, including potential legal risks and a rising client demand that exceeds their capabilities.
Abortion-rights activists gather in front of the Supreme Court in May 2022 ahead of the Dobbs decision.
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As many as 80% of young people want abortion to be legal, and most disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling. This could lead to high youth voting rates in the 2022 midterms.
As the last abortion clinic in Mississippi closes, workers in the state may get some support from their employers.
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Some companies say they will cover travel expenses to help workers in states where abortion is illegal get the procedure, but doing so could pose legal challenges.
Activists protest for the end of shackling pregnant women during birth in prison in New York in 2015.
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Tennessee and Wisconsin are among the states that can jail pregnant women because of illegal substance use, despite major medical groups saying that this practice isn’t effective.