Del. Senate passes bill to expand access to safe and legal medication abortions

Decriminalizing Abortion

DOVER, Del. – The General Assembly has passed a bill that would expand Delawareans’ access to safe and legal medication abortions.

House Bill 320 would allow physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe medication for the termination of pregnancy, including Mifeprex, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol.

Physician assistants and advanced practice nurses have the training and authority to prescribe nearly all medications, however, current state code only allows physicians to prescribe and administer abortion medication.

These abortion medications are subject to extremely stringent restrictions under the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy issued by the FDA. REMS stipulates that these medications can only be administered in certain settings and must be taken under the supervision of a qualified prescriber. It also requires a provider to become a certificated prescriber by completing and sending a Prescriber Agreement, and requires providers to obtain a signed Patient Agreement Form from the patient before dispensing the meds. These requirements also pose serious logistical challenges to individuals in medically underserved and rural communities, where reproductive health clinics are often difficult to locate or inaccessible.

The bill passed the Senate on Thursday with a 14 to 7 vote along party lines. It now heads to Governor Carney’s desk for final approval.

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