Since a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked to the press a few weeks ago we’ve heard from a lot of Nurx patients that they’re nervous about what an overturn of Roe v Wade will mean for them. If abortion is banned in the state where you live, will birth control be next? We don’t have a crystal ball, but do want to provide answers (to the best of our ability) to the questions we hear the most.
Is it still legal to get birth control through Nurx?
We understand your concerns that possible restrictions on access to abortion could lead to limitations on your ability to access contraception. Unfortunately we don’t have a crystal ball that reveals the future of reproductive rights (we wish we did!), but for now we can reassure you that Nurx can still legally prescribe and deliver birth control and emergency contraception, and we do not anticipate any immediate changes to laws that would limit this access.
Roe v. Wade is still the law so there is a constitutional right to access to safe and legal abortion. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, that would mean that the legality of access to abortion would be decided by state governments on a state-by-state basis. Because Roe only addresses the right to abortion, not birth control, if Roe were overturned, access to birth control would still be legal.
Should I stock up on emergency contraception?
Nurx can still legally prescribe and deliver emergency contraception, and we do not anticipate any immediate changes to laws that would limit this access.. The morning-after pill is not an abortion pill, so even if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court (which it has not been yet) and some states ban abortions, the morning-after pill will remain legal. We know there are rumors that certain states may attempt to ban emergency contraception but since it is, again, not an abortion pill we certainly hope that those rumors remain just that.
So while you shouldn’t hoard emergency contraception, we do generally recommend that patients have emergency contraception on hand if they think they might ever need it, because it is most likely to work when taken soon after unprotected sex.
Should I be worried that my health information won’t be kept private if I get birth control through an app?
As a Nurx patient your health information is protected by law under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) just as it would be if you were prescribed birth control in an in-person doctor’s office and picked it up from an in-person pharmacy.
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