Dozens of providers in red states move to prescribe abortion pills

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has triggered abortion bans in more than 13 states, the abortion-rights advocacy group Plan C says it has seen a surge in the number of primary care providers asking how they can begin offering medication abortion to patients in their respective states. Some may choose to do so over state lines.

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“There’s been an overwhelming amount of interest,” said Christie Pitney, a certified nurse midwife who coordinates Plan C’s efforts to increase the number of clinicians offering telehealth abortions by guiding them through the various steps required to do so. According to Pitney, who herself began providing telehealth abortions in 2021 through her private practice Forward Midwifery, Plan C has gotten 20 requests for help since May, when a leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion was published by Politico. Since Friday, more than 100 more clinicians have come forward, she said, including dozens from states that have already banned abortion or are poised to do so over the next several weeks…

Doctors, midwives, advance practice nurses and physician assistants are all able to order and prescribe mifepristone. When a request comes in, Pitney connects the provider with one of several telemedicine start-ups—groups like Hey Jane, Choix, Just the Pill, or Abortion on Demand—that mail abortion drugs to patients after a consultation via telemedicine. For those interested in setting up their own telemedicine practice, Pitney provides information about registering with GenBioPro, and points providers to an online “toolkit” published by a physician-led team at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. A step-by-step guide to registering and prescribing mifepristone and misoprostol, the document gets regularly updated with new clinic protocols and regulations.

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