The abortion care company is selling pills that terminate unwanted pregnancies to patients who are not yet pregnant, to allay concerns about access to abortion following a Supreme Court order.of abortion rights.
Startup Choix (pronounced “Choice”) announced Wednesday that it will begin providing abortion pills to patients in states where the procedure is legal and allows the company to operate, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine and New Mexico. licensed for. ,
Cindy Adam, co-founder and CEO of Choix, told CBS MoneyWatch, “Advance provision is a single drug, it’s just providing pills, in case a patient needs them in the future and decides to use them. ”
The company described the advance provision as a significant extension of its services, which was recently reversed by nearly 50 years of US law.
Adam said, “It helps to reduce the stress and barriers that come with access to care that are highly stigmatized and political — even in states where abortion is legal — care.” Putting decision-making power back in the hands of the person doing it.”
Providing “peace of mind” for patients
For patients seeking an abortion, having medication on hand provides “peace of mind,” according to the company.
“Our experience has been that for some people, the wait time between finding out they are pregnant and receiving abortion pills in the mail or with personal care can be extremely stressful,” Adam said. “And this is compounded by the current legal and logistical challenges facing people. It helps to reduce those barriers.”
It is common for doctors to prescribe medications in advance for ailments such as physical pain or anxiety that the patient needs.
To receive abortion medicine for future use, Choix patients must fill out a five-question form on the company’s website. A Choix provider reviews the patient’s medical history, and if the patient is approved, the company dispenses a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol to them within a few days.
If the patient later becomes pregnant and wishes to use the pills, they are asked to return to Choix for a telehealth consultation with a medical provider who will lead them through the abortion process.
The tablets are sold on a sliding scale and cost between $175 and $289 per prescription. Patients are restricted to a single prescription, and are asked to confirm that they are receiving the drug for themselves. Adam notes that the company had received several inquiries from mothers wishing to obtain pills for their daughters who were going to college, but the company only prescribes pills to a caregiver.
“The $289 price point covers the cost of care, but we also provide at $175 to better support patients who need additional financial support. Even $175 is a lot of people. can be too much for, so we partner withsaid Adam.
As more patients seek financial assistance in cases where they have to travel long distances for legal care.
More than half – 54% – of all abortions in the US are performed using drugs, according to Guttmacher Institute,
Choix’s service, Adams said, is “practical, but still very symbolic, when so much of the decision-making power is being exercised.” “We want to give some of it back.”