Will I still be able to get abortion pills in Georgia?

However, the state has the power to prohibit it.

ATLANTA — The nation is struggling to understand what the Supreme Court’s latest ruling means for abortion rights and the future of reproductive care. Much is still uncertain and the 11Alive verification team is working to clarify the court’s opinion and what it means for medical abortion.

On Friday, SCOTUS came out in support of Mississippi’s anti-abortion law in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. His decision overturned the precedent set by the 1973 High Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a federal right.

Those who sought abortions, before the court overturned Roe, could do so with a medical abortion. Viewers are now wondering if the latest court ruling will cut off access to abortion, even in pill form.

The question

Will I still be able to get abortion pills in Georgia?

Our Sources

Legal expert Darren Hutchinson of Emory University

The answer

Abortion pills are officially called “medical abortion”. This is when a patient takes a drug to terminate her pregnancy.

The Guttmacher Institute found that this method of abortion accounted for more than half of all procedures in the United States in 2020.

Georgia requires pregnant women who opt for this option to obtain a prescription for the drug, which is FDA-approved.

This begs the question: if approved by a federal agency, can states ban it?

“I think it’s going to be another round of litigation,” Hutchinson said. “So the court doesn’t address that in the notice.”

Plan C, an organization that helps people access and learn about medical abortion, said the pill will still be available in states that don’t restrict it.

“There will always be states where abortion is legal,” said Plan C’s Imani Wilson-Shabazz. “We’re here to help you find the care you need.”

Ultimately, the overturning of Roe v. Wade does not explicitly ban the abortion pill in Georgia, but the state has the power to ban it.

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