Katie realized she was pregnant during the first week of April 2020. She decided pretty quickly that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy. She already had two kids, and she’d just been diagnosed with high blood pressure. The condition was still uncontrolled, which made her pregnancy high-risk. But it was just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. She was in full lockdown, and she wasn’t sure if she could get an abortion.

“I was Googling abortions,” she tells Refinery29. “My biggest thing was not wanting to actually go to a place.” Besides being afraid of catching the virus, the nearest clinic to Katie was six hours away from her home in New Mexico, and she wasn’t sure how she’d find the time to get there.

Her internet research led her to the website for the TelAbortion Study. If she participated, she’d be able to receive the pills necessary for a medication abortion — a procedure that uses medication to end a pregnancy — through the mail, and have consultations with her doctors via the phone. Besides an ultrasound, which she could obtain at a nearby facility, she’d never have to leave her house.

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