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Medical abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the United States. It is an option that has become important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Republican states strive to restrict access to abortion in general, many also limit access to medical abortions.

Providers say medical abortion is safe and essential, especially as access to clinics in Republican-controlled states becomes more difficult.

HOW DOES MEDICINAL ABORTION WORK?

Medical abortion has been available in the United States since 2000, when the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone.

A medical abortion involves taking mifepristone, waiting 24 to 48 hours, then taking misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone, which is essential for maintaining a pregnancy. Misoprostol empties the uterus causing cramping and bleeding.