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Planned Parenthood of Illinois launching abortion pill-by-mail in state

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Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) on Monday launched a abortion bill-by-mail service within the state.

In a press release, the organization said the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade had encouraged them to expand a service that had started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now more than ever it’s crucial that our patients can access the care they need, when and where they need it,” said Dr. Amy Whitaker, chief medical officer for PPIL. “There are over 20 years of data demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of medication abortion using Mifepristone. Not only is this a safe method, but it also increases access to care, especially for people of color, people living in rural areas, and people with low incomes who already face barriers to care.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permanently removed the in-person requirement to receive Mifepristone, also known as the abortion pill, in December 2021. Before then, PPIL had been offering the pills through telehealth visits, but people still had to pick up the medication in person. Now it can be sent after a telehealth meeting with a medical provider.

Out-of-state patients can still access medication abortion via telehealth, as long as they are traveling to Illinois for their video visit. They can then pick-up the medication in person at a PPIL health center.

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