US powerless to stop online sale of abortion pills

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US powerless to stop online sale of abortion pills

Amid crackdown on clinics, women are turning to the internet, and state authorities admit they are at a loss

Gabriella Borter

American women faced with new restrictions on abortions passed by a dozen US states this year are turning to abortion pills from foreign online suppliers, and the states say there is little they can do to stop it.

In the year before many of these new restrictions passed Republican-controlled state legislatures, more than 20,000 US women sought the pills online from providers willing to defy US federal rules over sale of the drugs that induce miscarriage.

One of them was Kayla, a 24-year-old Mississippi mother of two who terminated a pregnancy in January. She and her husband decided they could neither afford to raise another child nor get an abortion at the nearest clinic in Memphis, Tennessee...

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