President Joe Biden has granted approval to retail pharmacies in the US to sell abortion pill for the first time.

Patients currently obtain mifepristone – part of a two-drug regimen that is safe and effective in inducing abortion – in person from a health provider.

A prescription is still required under the new rule, but patients can now pick up the pill in-store or by mail order.

The move is expected to significantly expand access to abortion through medication.

Abortion pills have become more sought after in the wake of last year’s supreme court decision overturning restrictions to abortion in some states.

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