Home abortion pills now in Maine

Thousands of people attended a June 24 protest in Portland, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case and returned power to states to decide abortion laws . Rose Lundy / The Maine Monitor

SOUTH PORTLAND — Carafem expands personalized, medically backed abortion pills to Maine.

The world continues to grapple with the news of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case. Many women wonder what their next steps are regarding abortion.

On June 24, the Supreme Court released a landmark decision, 5-4, and overturned Roe v. Wade. This declares that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion. The decision is expected to transform women’s reproductive health in the United States.

Carafem is a client-centered, medically supported home abortion pill.

“Carafem provides convenient, modern and professional abortion care and personalized birth control options so people can control the number and spacing of their children,” said Melissa Grant, COO of Carafem. “Carafem is changing the abortion care environment by making its services and information accessible, understandable and supportive. A person seeking abortion services in Maine can schedule a virtual appointment with a medical provider and receive abortion pills within 1-3 days. In addition to the prompt delivery of their medications, Carafem clients also benefit from 24/7 personalized support from a trained healthcare team throughout the abortion process until their final follow-up, the everything can be done virtually.

Carafem provides telehealth abortion care to 14 states and the District of Columbia. States include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and now the Maine. Those with a Maine mailing address are now eligible for safe and effective abortion care via video chat.

“There are many reasons a person may prefer a medically backed home abortion,” Grant said. “Visiting with a provider via secure video chat allows for greater privacy, support, and flexibility in the abortion process, including where, when, and cost.

“The hope is that Carafem can give people options to receive care in the way that works best for them, allowing them to get answers without leaving home or playing on the phone. Expanding options for access to reliable health care is essential so that people can receive care where and when they need it.

People seeking an abortion will schedule a brief video consultation with a healthcare professional to discuss care; after the videoconference, Carafem will ship the pills to residents’ mailing addresses within one to three business days.

Carafem’s medically supported home abortion pill service is promoted as a safe option for most people in need of care and is available during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy. According to Carafem, millions of people have been using these medications safely in the United States for more than 20 years.

Costs for home abortion pills range between $250 and $375. They do not accept insurance or Medicaid for abortion pills through the mail, although financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

At the June 21 meeting of the South Portland City Council, Councilor Jocelyn Leighton presented a statement of support for safe and legal access to reproductive health. The number says the city council supports safe and accessible health care for all, especially reproductive health. The council will strive to preserve safe and affordable access to health care for all, especially members of the community on whom eventual Supreme Court rulings will have a disproportionate impact.

“I will support that,” councilor Katherine Lewis said at the meeting. “I think the most important thing for me is safe and affordable access to healthcare for everyone, which is not something everyone has. It’s not always safe and it’s certainly not affordable for a lot of people, so to the extent that we can keep that in mind when we’re making city policy where it’s relevant, I think that’s would be a good thing.

For more information, visit https://carafem.org/hello-maine/.

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