Over-the-Counter Birth Control Has Been Approved. Now the FDA Must Approve Over-the-Counter Abortion Pills!

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Medical experts have spent years urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an easy-to-access, over-the-counter version of the birth control pill. And now, the FDA has finally followed their recommendations! This is great news that will put important healthcare within reach of millions of people around the U.S.

Now we need the FDA to follow a similar path with the abortion pill!

Sign the petition to demand the FDA promote accessible healthcare by also approving use of the abortion pill without a prescription!

As of right now, nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended - meaning they were unplanned for and potentially unwanted. That is a shockingly high rate that showcases how millions of people fall through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system.

One of the biggest hurdles to procuring proper contraception is the difficulty and inconvenience of accessing doctors' visits. Right now, medication to prevent contraception - primarily hormone-based pills - is only available via a prescription from a doctor. For students, people working multiple jobs, and those living far away from medical facilities, this makes the process an uphill struggle.

Birth control pills are safe, highly effective, backed by decades of research, and widely used. That's why the American Medical Association and multiple other professional societies representing clinicians have argued in favor of an over-the-counter contraceptive pill.

Similarly, abortion pills - primarily mifepristone and misoprostol - are also safe, highly effective, and backed by decades of scientific evidence. It's great to make sure Americans can prevent unwanted pregnancies more easily, but sometimes even that isn't a foolproof plan. We need to make sure healthcare is truly affordable, available, and accessible for all.

Sign the petition to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to also approve an over-the-counter abortion pill!
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