The postal service is already one of the US’s main abortion providers

Posted on AllSides June 27th, 2022
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A December 2021 decision from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow mailing abortion pills and the fallout from the US Supreme Court’s decision on June 24 to overturn Roe vs Wade are making the US Postal Service (USPS) a battleground for abortion access.

More than half of all abortions in the US are medication abortions—meaning they are induced by pills—according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group. Many of those pills are sent by mail following an online or telehealth consultation, making the USPS, a federal agency, among the main conduits for abortion access.

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