Where is it available?

Mifepristone and misoprostol are, for now, widely available in states where abortion is legal.

The drugs’ availability was expanded in April 2021, when the FDA said it would lift the in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. In December of last year, the FDA permanently lifted that requirement, meaning the medication was allowed to be sent by mail.

The decision was applauded by pro-choice advocates. And to some, abortion pills delivered by mail were seen as a workaround for the abortion bans that swept the country after the reversal of Roe v Wade last June.

Access was further expanded this year by another FDA change, which allowed retail pharmacies to dispense out the drug. Previously, only health-care providers were permitted to give out the drug.

But anti-abortion activists and lawmakers have pushed back.

In February, at least 20 Republican attorneys general signed letters threatening several of the nation’s top pharmacies with legal action if they were to dispense mifepristone in their state.

And in Texas, anti-abortion campaigners have filed a lawsuit saying the drug is unsafe. The presiding judge, Trump-appointee Matthew Kacsmaryk, may issue an injunction, ordering the FDA to withdraw its approval. But it is still unclear if this is possible – many legal experts say an individual judge does not have unilateral authority over an FDA-approved medication.