Not everyone wants or is able to carry out a pregnancy to term; nor does everyone want or have the ability to care for a child. Nobody should be forced to carry out an unwanted pregnancy regardless of the reason. The foster care system is already extremely crowded and carrying out an unwanted pregnancy to term can negatively affect the mental and physical health of those involved.
Fortunately, abortions exist. While most of the focus in the media and sexual health education is on surgical abortions, there are also abortion pills that can be used to terminate a pregnancy up to 10 weeks. Unfortunately, Mifeprex (and Misoprostol, which sometimes accompanies it), is one of the most restricted drugs in the US. Unlike Viagra, which can be bought as a pharmacy and has been linked to heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular issues, Mifeprex is extremely difficult to access even though it hasn’t been directly linked to any deaths and it’s rare for the pill to cause any serious health issues.
the difficulty with seeking abortions – protestors outside, southern countries making people watch things, living far from doctors/places where they can get them, trans individuals
Partially as a result of the FDA’S ongoing attempt to restrict access to this pill, the Supreme Court recently reversed a federal court’s ruling that an in-person visit should not be required in order to get an abortion pill. Now, pregnant individuals are not able to get an abortion pill through a “retail [or] mail-order pharmacy.” This ruling was ironically made during a pandemic in which people should be limiting their time in public settings. This is especially harmful to people who live in rural or remote communities as they have to drive for hours or even fly to a medical facility with an abortion provider. Having to go to an abortion provider for this pill costs a lot of time, money, and energy.
Sign this petition to demand that the FDA remove the unfounded restrictions on the abortion pill Mifeprex and tell the truth about its scientifically-proven safety record. We need to make sure that abortions are accessible!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Demand Justice for Abused Workers on Palm Oil Plantations
- Make Period Products Free Throughout the UK
- End Femicide in Turkey
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