FDA announces to expand access to abortion pill restricted since 2000

In the states which had limited access of an abortion-inducing pill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded access to it through its guidelines issued on Wednesday. Women in states like North Dakota, Ohio and Texas are exempt from the 16 years old FDA regulations which doctors have been following.

The new rule announced on Wednesday claimed that women seeking the pill could use that for 70 days after the start of their most recent menstrual period, up from 49 days under the previous guidelines. FDA also made the prescription for pills easier to get and also reduced the dosage of the medication, called mifepristone, from 600 milligrams to 200 milligrams. The new guidelines are update to the old rule being followed since 2000.

"After reviewing the supplemental application, the agency determined that Mifeprex is safe and effective when used to terminate a pregnancy in accordance with revised labeling," as per the statement by the agency which is also referring to the brand name of the drug.

President Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a network of groups dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom, said the abortion pill soon will be available for extended period. It has proved through decades to be safer than Tylenol, Viagra and other common medications used around the world.

Those who oppose abortion are not is consensus with recent FDA guidelines for lengthening the time that women can use the pill. They asserted there will be more incomplete abortions and thus will be posing greater risks to mothers. By 2014, non-surgical abortions including the abortion pill were reduced to 5% from 13.2% in 2004 in Ohio.