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Amid national furor over abortion access, a new survey found most women were satisfied with obtaining an abortion pill from a mail-order pharmacy, leading the researchers to argue that a regulatory program restricting such access is unnecessary.

Specifically, 97% of 227 women surveyed had a complete abortion by using only the medication, which is generally known as mifepristone. Notably, 95% reported being very or somewhat satisfied with receiving the pill by mail and most participants received the medication by mail within three days, according to the survey published in Contraception, a medical journal.


At issue is a risk management program for mifepristone, which must be dispensed only in clinics, medical offices and hospitals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed the restrictions when the drug, which is also known as Mifeprex, was approved in 2000. But ever since, there has been controversy over the inability to obtain the pill from any type of pharmacy.

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