Democratic, Republican state leaders in glaring contrast on abortion pills, reproductive rights – CBC

Legal questions swirl around supply of drug mifepristone, interstate travel for abortions

Apr 11, 2023

A growing number of states led by Democratic governors are stockpiling doses of drugs used in medication abortions, amid fears that a court ruling last week could restrict access to the most commonly used method of abortion in the U.S.

The moves are more generally a reflection of the shifts at state level that are resulting after last year’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling overturned the epochal 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the right to abortion. The shifts often illustrate how Democratic- and Republican-led states are moving further apart with respect to reproductive health.

Massachusetts said Monday it has purchased enough doses of the drug mifepristone — one of two drugs used in combination to end pregnancies — to last for more than a year.

California has secured an emergency stockpile of up to two million pills of misoprostol, the other drug used in abortion medication, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced, while Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week that the state purchased 30,000 doses of the generic version of mifepristone, enough to last the state’s residents three years.

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