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One Year Later: Medical Abortion After FDA Approval-3170

One Year Later: Medical Abortion After FDA Approval

On September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mifepristone (RU486), the first dedicated medical abortion pill regimen. Many advocates on both sides of the abortion debate predicted that arrival of this new option would transform the abortion landscape – for women, for doctors, and for politicians. So, a year later, where are we?

To help shed light on this issue, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey of women's health providers about their provision of and attitudes towards mifepristone. The survey findings and the additional resource material below were developed as part of the Foundation's ongoing media briefing series, Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health. (A corresponding event, originally scheduled for September 20 in New York City, was cancelled due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.)