Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens will be allowed to offer pills that cause an abortion, commonly known as a “medication abortion.” Medication abortions consist of two pills, one that cuts off nutrients to the developing baby and one that expels the pregnancy from the mother.
According to The New York Times, patients who have a prescription from a healthcare provider can go to a retail pharmacy and receive the drugs. Reportedly, mifepristone, the first pill used in the regimen, could only be dispensed by certain mail-order pharmacies or by “specially certified doctors or clinics.” According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than half of U.S. abortions are carried out through the two-pill medication abortion method. One liberal city will take this a step further and offer these pills for free.
Health clinics in New York City will soon offer abortion-inducing drugs free of charge for women seeking to end their pregnancies, according to multiple reports. This decision was reportedly spurred by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene indicated that it entered a “sole source” contract with a pharmaceutical wholesaler to buy mifepristone tablets to “mitigate the threat to public health posed by the recent Supreme Court decision,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Reportedly, the deal came after Democrat New York Eric Adams signed legislation in August mandating city-run health clinics to make abortion-inducing drugs free of cost. Gothamist noted that four city-run clinics will offer the free pills as early as Wednesday and could deliver up to 10,000 abortion pills per year.
In addition, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is pushing for colleges in the state to dispense abortion pills.
“Students at SUNY and CUNY deserve comprehensive access to reproductive health care, including abortion services,” Hochul’s 2023 State of the State policy book said, according to the Post.
“Abortion, unfortunately, is New York’s answer to everything concerning pregnancy,” Dennis Poust, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, told the Post. “Abortion is promoted as a social good. Why won’t New York help pregnant women who wish to keep their babies bring them to term and escape poverty?”