Over the years, doctors have discovered that lower doses worked as well as the dose the FDA approved, with fewer side effects, and that women could safely take the drug further into their pregnancy. Many have been following this better medical protocol, even though the FDA labeling advised otherwise. This is what happens, by the way, with a lot of medicine—many drugs are prescribed "off-label," even used for ailments other than the one a drug is labeled for by the FDA. The drug's manufacturer, Danco Laboratories, requested the label review from the FDA in light of this actual, clinical experience. It's this medical science anti-abortion legislators have been fighting, trying to force the medical community to ignore best practices when it comes to this one procedure.
This change is good news for the medical community, for women, and particularly for Texas.
“This will allow us to do two things immediately: Expand medical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and cut out the unnecessary additional visit for the second dose of medication,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president of Whole Woman’s Health, which has abortion facilities in five states including Texas and is the lead plaintiff in an abortion case before the Supreme Court.
Does it mean the long awaited goal of the pro-choice community—the ability of a woman to go to her family doctor and get the abortion pill in complete privacy, without having to run a gauntlet of screaming protestors—is here? The forced birthers are going to do their damnedest to make sure it isn’t, but we’re closer.