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Abortion Pill by Mail Now Allowed in U.S. Permanently, FDA Rules

The new regulations will allow women to get the drug sent by mail to their homes

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday removed a key restriction on the abortion pill, allowing it to be sent to people’s homes instead of requiring patients pick it up at the doctor’s office. 

The decision comes as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the fate of legal abortion. The conservative justices signaled in arguments earlier this month that they were open to rolling back current protections established under Roe v. Wade. Overturning Roe would leave it up to states to regulate abortion. A dozen have “trigger laws” that would immediately ban the procedure. Many also further regulate the pill — 19 require a clinician to be present when a woman takes it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group.