Who can provide medication abortion services?

Research from many countries has demonstrated that different types of health care providers can safely and effectively provide medication abortion services. In many parts of the world, mifepristone and misoprostol is provided by physicians (including general practitioners, family medicine physicians, internal medicine physicians, and obstetrician/gynecologists), professional midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Country specific information about the status of mifepristone is included on our database.

In the US, different state laws regulate whether or not advanced practice clinicians can provide medication abortion services. In forty-four states, non-physicians are specifically precluded from performing aspiration services. However, in a number of these states, the ability of advanced practice clinicians to perform medication abortion services is currently under review, as physician-only laws and regulations conflict with the prescriptive privileges of these professionals. Clinicians for Choice provides information about and legal updates on the status of advance practice clinicians as abortion service providers.

If you have questions about medication abortion, please visit our page on frequently asked questions.

Please contact us with suggestions, updates, or link requests at medicationabortion@ibisreproductivehealth.org

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Last updated: September 2009