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Access to abortion pills through the mail could be more difficult due to a Arizona law

An Arizona law passed last year could impact the ability of women to access one form of early stage abortion. 

The law makes it illegal to deliver any abortion-inducing drugs to residents by courier, delivery or mail services. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted a federal restriction that allows women anywhere to make telemedicine appointments with providers who can send a treatment by mail. 

Arizona Center for Public Policy president Cathi Herrod, who helped craft the state’s law, says those pills could create health risks for women.

"There's a deep concern about a woman being mailed abortion pills when she's not had an exam. She could have an ectopic pregnancy and not be aware of it. And we all know ectopic pregnancies can cause a woman to die," Herrod said. 

If the final U.S. Supreme Court decision overturns Roe v. Wade, a state law could ban all abortions. And there are concerns pregnant women could face the risk of self medication compared to other alternatives.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.