Statement from Plan C Pills on several big developments in the abortion pills landscape
The team at Plan C is thrilled to re-share the news that California has joined New York, Washington, and three other states in signing a shield law designed to protect clinicians and pharmacists who mail abortion pills to patients in states with restricted access.
Each state’s shield law operates slightly differently, but overall these laws appear to protect clinicians who practice telemedicine abortion into restricted states, shielding them from extradition or loss of their medical license. These providers are operating in full compliance with the laws in their state that pertain to them and are adhering to standard medical protocols for abortion service delivery.
More and more patients are requesting help from providers who are willing to mail pills into restricted states under protection of these new shield laws. And just yesterday, another service launched: the Massachusetts Medication Abortion Access Project which is an asynchronous telemedicine service that provides abortion care by mail in all 50 states.
How this improves access:
If you’re writing about shield laws, or looking for a source on using them to procure a medication abortion, please reach out. It’s a complex topic and we’d love to make someone available to walk you through this and the many options that remain available for abortions - including pills in advance! - in the U.S. today.
About Plan C:
Since 2015, Plan C (plancpills.org) has grown into a leading resource for abortion pills and information on how they’re used for a safe self-managed abortion. Plan C’s website and Guide includes sources of pills, referrals to medical legal and peer support hotlines, FAQs and more. Plan C works closely with partners in grassroots organizations, healthcare, creative and tech to bring this concept to the forefront and catalyze new initiatives that disrupt old barriers to access. Plan C’s mission is to destigmatize the method and make it more known and available – just like it is around the world – to help people reclaim agency over abortion in the U.S. and mitigate harm caused by state-based bans. To learn more, visit www.plancpills.org or find Plan C @plancpills on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.