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Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Ayanna Pressley write in an exclusive op-ed for ELLE.com that the in-person requirement for obtaining mifepristone curtails abortion rights.

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'While abortion remains a legal right under the Constitution, it has become a nearly impossible right for some people—mostly poor, marginalized individuals—to exercise.'

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Ayanna Pressley write in an exclusive op-ed for ELLE.com that the in-person requirement for obtaining mifepristone curtails abortion rights.

, the leading nonpartisan organization of OB-GYNs in the United States, in-person dispensing requirements for mifepristone “have no medical basis, provide no patient benefit, and unnecessarily restrict access to care.”Since it was approved in 2000, more than four million people in the United States have used mifepristone.

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Data showsthat fewer than one-tenth of one percent of patients who take mifepristone experience major adverse medical events. Because there is no medical reason to require patients to obtain mifepristone in person, and because drugs with greater risks are exempt from similar requirements, mifepristone’s in-person dispensing requirement is a thinly veiled attempt to stigmatize safe, simple abortion care.

While abortion remains a legal right under the Constitution, it has become a nearly impossible right for some people—mostly poor, marginalized individuals—to exercise.InPlanned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey,the Supreme Court heldthat the government may restrict abortion access so long as doing so does not place an “undue burden” on the pregnant person. The concept of “undue burden” has left it unclear how many restrictions are too many, and this ruling has allowed those who oppose abortion to weaponize restrictions with the goal of taking us back to pre- headtopics.com

Roetimes.As a result, abortion access has been steadily whittled down by anti-choice politicians for decades. And while abortion remains a legal right under the Constitution, it has become a nearly impossible right for some people—mostly poor, marginalized individuals—to exercise.

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