Medication abortion, also known as RU-486, is a safe, nonsurgical way for women to terminate a pregnancy in its early stages.
This medication has been used safely and effectively worldwide since 1981. It was first approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, after extensive research and testing.
However, anti-choice politicians who want to outlaw abortion completely have relentlessly tried to restrict access to medication abortion despite its effectiveness and safety. These attempts put partisan ideology ahead of public health.
One tactic anti-choice politicians have employed to block a woman’s access to medication abortion is to enact bans on the use of telehealth for dispensing prescriptions. Such bans are especially harmful to women who live in rural or underserved areas far from an abortion provider.
Anti-choice groups also deliberately try to conflate medication abortion with emergency contraception (EC). EC is a form of birth control and does not cause abortion.