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Study finds that obtaining abortion pills from the internet is feasible in the US

A study published in Contraception found that obtaining abortion pills from online pharmaceutical websites is feasible in the United States. The study was conducted by Gynuity Health Projects and Plan C between December 2016 and March 2017. In the study, purchasers in four states ordered pills for abortion from 16 websites and received 20 packages containing mifepristone and misoprostol. None of the websites required a prescription or medical information before sending the pills. The sites charged between $35 and $360 for the products, which arrived between 3-21 business days after ordering. None of the packages included instructions, and some of the blisters containing the pills were damaged. Nevertheless, laboratory testing found that most of the products received contained the labeled active ingredients in amounts sufficient to cause a successful early abortion.

Access the manuscript here.