Dec 28, 2021
El Paso Matters

How an FDA ruling does — and doesn’t — affect El Pasoans’ legal abortion options

In mid-December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permanently lifted its requirement that patients take abortion-inducing drugs in the presence of a health care professional, clearing the way for patients to receive the medications by mail. The federal agency’s decision came two weeks after Texas’ Senate Bill 4 made it a state jail felony to mail abortion medications — putting state policy at odds with national policy.

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