Texas Abortion law

Requests for At-Home Abortion Pill Soared 1200% After Texas Ban Took Effect

A Texas law that bans abortions around six weeks of pregnancy went into effect last September

People take part in the Women's March ATX rally, Saturday, Oct., 2, 2021 in at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. The march was a response to controversial legislation recently passed by Texas lawmakers which has banned most abortions in Texas.
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Requests for abortion pills skyrocketed in Texas after a state law that bans abortions around six weeks of pregnancy went into effect last September. 

study published Friday in JAMA Network Open, by researchers at the University of Texas, found requests made by Texans to an international humanitarian organization called Aid Access, which provides abortion medication by mail, soared by nearly 1,200% the week Senate Bill 8 went into effect. 

During the following three weeks, that number fell, but daily requests remained significantly elevated — an average of 37.1 daily requests compared to 10.8 requests prior to the law going into place.

“What we are seeing here is keeping in step with what we’ve seen in other places where abortion has been severely restricted,” said lead study author Dr. Abigail Aiken, an associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

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The FDA permanently lifted one of its restrictions on how patients are able to access Mifeprex, one of two medicines commonly prescribed for medical abortions.
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