WESTERN WELLNESS: MIFEPREX
Pro-choice supporters recently gained ground with new changes the Federal Drug Administration made to the prescription Mifeprex in late March.
Mifeprex, also known as Mifeprestone, is a medication that allows women to terminate a pregnancy without a medical procedure. The relaxed restrictions would allow women to take the prescription up to 70 days of gestation, instead of the current 49 days.
On Twitter, some seem to be in support of the new changes:
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 30, 2016
Huge win. States’ve tried to restrict AB by insisting Mifeprex—almost alone among rxs—must be used EXACTLY per label https://t.co/xqTtjRhPUc
— ClinicEscort (@ClinicEscort) March 30, 2016
While others oppose the pill:
As predicted, now you can take a pill & wait even longer before ending the life of the child..https://t.co/VkJjNMrCBW
— Janet Parshall (@parshalltalk) March 30, 2016
The Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, on Cornwall Avenue, offers patients useful information about mifepristone. Their website states that a woman looking to use the medication, can contact Planned Parenthood, a clinic or a private health care provider to see if you can get a prescription for mifepristone.
According to Guttmacher.org, between 2000 to 2011, 1.52 million women in the U.S. have taken Mifeprex. The medication also has a high success rate of 92 to 95 percent. Since 2000, 612 women were hospitalized for excessive bleeding, but were treated through a transfusion.
Planned Parenthood also states that the medication can cost up to $800 dollars, but in most areas it costs less. Compared to the cost of a medical procedure, which can cost up to $1500, mifepristone can be a better alternative for those who are not ready to be a parent.
Cassie Danskin is a junior who is pro-choice.
“I don’t think it’s a good alternative to condoms, but it’s good to have something that’s a backup in case something happens,” Danskin said.
Currently, the Western Health Center does not prescribe Mifeprex, director Emily Gibson said in an email. However, the center does refer students to providers in the area that do.