As U.S. states restrict abortion, more people are going online to get abortion pills. For years, the Netherlands-based feminist organization Women on Web has been mailing abortion pills (a combination pack of mifepristone and misoprostol) to those who request them worldwide. But they never sent them to the U.S. until now, partly because they were worried about the long arm of U.S. prosecutors. Recently, the founder of the group set up a separate entity, Aid Access, to answer a mountain of requests from the United States. Physician Rebecca Gomperts does the consultation from Holland, writes a prescription, and then the drugs ship from a pharmacy in India.
And, no surprise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop them. Their warrant is the extremely restrictive Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) that the agency assigned the first drug in the combination, mifepristone (Mifeprex®), developed in France and originally known as RU-486. Continue reading “FDA Investigates Feminist Abortion Pill Site ‘Aid Access’”