Requests to send abortion pills to US from Europe rise after Roe v Wade overturned | American News

A European team shipping abortion pills to Americans says it has received 4,000 requests a day since Roe v Wade was overturned – up from 600 to 700 before.

Roe v Wade gave women the constitutional right to abortion, but it was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last monthafter having existed for almost 50 years.

But Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts, who runs the Aid Access online service and is registered as a doctor in Austria, said she had no plans to change jobs.

In an NBC News report, Dr. Gomperts said, “We will continue to serve women in need.

“We are not going to stop.

“We are again increasing our capacity, in order to be able to respond to all the requests that we receive.”

Aid Access, founded in 2018, is made up of four doctors overseeing around ten medical staff.

Potential patients visit the website and answer questions about their health, pregnancy, and whether someone is forcing them to have an abortion.

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The answers are reviewed by the medical team, who can prescribe abortion pills to pregnant women for up to 10 weeks.

The service charges between $110 (£91) and $150 (£125), depending on where the patient is.

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Rebecca Gomperts, Dutch doctor and abortion rights activist

The pills are mailed from an Indian pharmacy which, along with Aid Access doctors, is beyond the reach of US and state authorities.

James Bopp, general counsel for the National Committee for the Right to Life, told NBC: “The reality is that state laws have limited extraterritorial effect.

“There’s no doubt that the federal government has a lot more authority, and we’re hoping to put them on our side to make these state laws a lot more effective.”

“We started mainly by helping military women in the army”

Dr Gomperts told NBC: “It was clear in recent years that access to the United States was becoming increasingly difficult.”

“We started primarily by helping servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan, South Korea and Japan,” she said, because US personnel in those countries had limited access.

But the service also received more than 57,000 requests from the United States in its first two years.

Dr Gomperts said the service had received 4,000 requests a day since the cancellation of Roe v Wade, compared to 600 to 700 a day before.

“This shouldn’t be a foreign organization”

But Dr Gomperts, who was named by Time magazine as one of its 100 most influential people of 2020, said she hopes access to help will eventually become unnecessary.

“It shouldn’t be a foreign organization,” she said of the organization’s work.

“What should happen ultimately is that states like New York and California, liberal states, should just allow doctors and suppliers to ship the pills to the other states.”

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