Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting back at the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Texas’ controversial new abortion law, reminding those in need that pregnancy termination medications can be purchased online.
Following the landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding Senate Bill (SB) 8 banning all abortions in Texas once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the New York Democrat took to Twitter to share her views on the law as harmful and to suggest actionable steps to her followers.
“Christian extremists pass forced birth laws to intimidate and cut off abortion services – including for victims of rape, incest and child abuse,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday afternoon, lamenting the impropriety that the strict new law makes no exceptions for pregnancy as a result of victims of these violent circumstances.
“While we fight back, please know that you still have options. The pills can be delivered discreetly to your home,” she added.
She shared links to Plancpills.org, an organization that works to give people in early pregnancy the tools to end their pregnancy if they choose through “medical abortion,” also known as name “abortion pill”.
Abortion pills work to end pregnancies through the use of a few drugs, usually a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol taken in pill form for a day or two, usually during the first trimester. This method has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and is often recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Plancpills.org, built by a “team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists and digital strategists”, does not itself distribute abortion pills. Instead, they offer information, resource kits, support, vendor links, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The organization provides detailed information on what is available for medical abortion on a state-by-state basis, as laws and regulations vary across the country. In some places, medical abortions are available through a prescription from an in-person medical visit, a telemedicine encounter, or through an online pharmacy.
“SB8 is odious legislation that forces people to change their access to abortion in Texas,” Plan C co-founder and co-director Elisa Wells wrote in an email to Newsweek. “The good news is that an “abortion road trip” is no longer necessary to access safe abortion. The availability of modern, safe abortion pills in the mail, either through doctor-supported services like Aid Access or through online pharmacies, means people no longer have to find transport, missing work, arranging childcare, or exposing yourself unnecessarily to COVID to get an abortion.”
“Plan C provides the information pregnant women in Texas need to regain power from failing Republican lawmakers and safely manage their own abortion care.”
Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a post from @Plancpills stating, “Car rides and long clinic lines are a thing of the past! Visit http://PLANCPILLS.ORG to find abortion pills online. providing abortion pills to residents of Texas for $105.”
Aid access is an organization dedicated to providing assistance to women who cannot access abortion services on their own.
Updated on 04/09/2021, 2:35 PM ET: This story has been updated with a statement from the founder and co-director of Plan C.