Since October 2020, Just the Pill has provided over 2,500 telemedicine consultations with physicians to deliver abortion pills by mail to patients in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. Within days, she plans to deploy the first of what will become “a fleet of mobile clinics” to Colorado to station along state lines, offering consultations for medical abortions and dispensing pills, said Dr. Julie Amaon, the organization’s medical director.
Called “Abortion Delivered,” the mobile clinic program, which will also provide surgical abortions to patients who prefer it or are too late in their pregnancy for a medical abortion, is designed to reach patients in neighboring states like Texas, Texas. ‘Oklahoma and South Dakota which quickly banned abortion after the court ruling, as well as other states like Utah which should ban or heavily restrict abortion.
“By operating at state borders, we will reduce travel costs for patients in states with severe bans or limits,” Dr. Amaon said. “And by going beyond a traditional brick-and-mortar clinic, our mobile clinics can quickly adapt to courts, state legislatures and marketplaces, going where the need is.”
Similar medical abortion providers are also anticipating an influx. Hey Jane, an organization that has served nearly 10,000 patients in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York and Washington, plans to expand to other states. “We have strengthened our team to meet this significant increase in demand,” said its general manager, Kiki Freedman.
Anti-abortion groups are trying to counter rising interest in medical abortion by claiming it is dangerous, calling it “chemical abortion”. James Studnicki, vice president of data analytics at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a branch of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, said Friday that “the safety of the abortion pill is greatly exaggerated” and called the increase in medical abortion a “serious threat to public health”.
Much remains unknown about how states that ban all or most abortions will try to enforce their medical abortion laws. But as the Biden administration rushed to respond to the court ruling, two cabinet members quickly released statements promising to protect the right to take drugs that had been federally approved.