Where can I get abortion pills?
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Through a medical provider:
Both mifepristone and misoprostol require a prescription in the United States. Access to mifepristone is further restricted because only specialized providers can obtain it (it is not stocked in pharmacies). Thus, the most common way to obtain these medications is through health centers or clinicians who provide abortion care. Planned Parenthood has a great web page explaining abortion with pills. The National Abortion Federation has a list of clinics by state.
If you live in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, Maine, Oregon, or Washington State, you may be able to receive abortion pills by mail through the TelAbortion Study. Please visit www.telabortion.org for further information.
Other ways to access abortion pills:
Some people in the United States choose to self-manage their abortions. They report being able to find both medications outside of the formal medical system in the following ways:
On the Internet.
The best online access to pills was through Aid Access (www.aidaccess.org). This service provides the most effective regimen (mifepristone plus misoprostol), is overseen by a doctor, offers quality pills, has a secure payment platform (Transferwise), offers discounts for those who need them, and provides comprehensive instructions and support (via email). When we tested ordering from Aid Access, delivery took between 11 and 18 days, , but about half of their shipments arrive in 10 days or less. It is important to monitor your email and respond to ensure that the order proceeds quickly.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On March 8, 2019, Aid Access received a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr Gomperts, through her legal counsel in the U. S., responded to the FDA letter by denying the accusations and pointing out this letter violates the constitutional rights of women in the USA.
To learn more about why Dr. Gomperts is committed to serving people in the United States, CLICK HERE.
To learn more about the political suppression of access to abortion pills in the US, CLICK HERE.
These sites have some information on how women in the United States have been able to get abortion pills but do not ship pills to the United States:
Online pharmacies – A Google search for "buy abortion pills online" will give many options for purchasing products. In early 2017, we ordered from 16 different sites and received pills from 14 of them.
CLICK HERE for a "Report Card" of the websites we ordered from, including information about their pricing, shipping times, and amount of active ingredients). All of the pills we received contained the labeled active ingredients. Some of these sites accept credit cards, others require wiring money from a bank account or Western Union. The cost of the pills, including shipping, averages about $250 for an abortion "kit" containing both mifepristone and misoprostol. Buying misoprostol (Cytotec) alone may be less expensive (but is less effective than using both mifepristone and misoprostol). None of the websites we ordered from asked for a prescription.
Please note that our findings reflect purchases made in early 2017. Because these online pharmacy services are unregulated, there is no way to assess the authenticity or quality of the products they are providing currently, but we have no reason to suspect that the quality of pills they ship now would be different. For images of kits ordered, CLICK HERE.
Some people have found misoprostol available for sale in bodegas, farmacias, and other local community medicine sellers.
Some people obtain these medicines while traveling or from friends who have traveled. Mifepristone plus misoprostol abortion "kits" are sold in some countries at the pharmacy, without a prescription. Those who travel to Mexico or Latin American countries have discovered that misoprostol is available over-the-counter and sold at a low cost in these countries.
Many have noted that misoprostol is already in their medicine cabinets because it is a very commonly prescribed drug, especially for people who have peptic ulcers or arthritis.