In December, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed abortion medications to be sent by mail. Since then, women looking to terminate a pregnancy with the combination medications packet containing mifepristone and misoprostol now must go, in person, to a medical provider.

But this in-person requirement is not necessary in many states and Washington, D.C.  Since March 2016, a study has been underway to follow participants who have used the drugs and to assess the drugs’ safety and tolerability. The trial’s sponsor is Gynuity Health Projects; the trial’s listed completion date on clinicaltrials.gov is June 2022. The participating states are listed here.

This medical abortion clinical trial is called TelAbortion.  Tara Shochet, project director, told Medical Daily that “ TelAbortion is an FDA-approved study to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and feasibility of providing medical abortion using telemedicine and mail. The study operates under an [investigational new drug] with the FDA, which allows study sites to mail the medications to study participants.”

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