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Barnard College, a private women’s college in New York City, will give students access to a medical abortion – the abortion pill – next fall. School officials announced Thursday.

The move, a direct response to the US Supreme Court’s overturned decision Roe v. WadeMarina Catallozzi, Barnard’s chief medical officer, and Leslie Grinage, the school’s principal, said in a statement announcing the move, which was made to ensure students access to abortion medical services for whatever the future holds.

“Barnard applies the framework of reproductive equity and gender affirmation to all student health and well-being services, particularly reproductive health care. In the post-Roe landscape, we are increasing strengthen these services,” said Catallozzi and Grinage.

Food and Drug Administration comfortable last year Restrictions have been around for decades on one of the drugs, mifepristone, used for abortions in early pregnancy, allowing people to receive it in the mail.

In the months since Roe was overturned, some states have Restrict access to abortion. Like Barnard, some schools, employers and other organizations have responded by trying to expand access to abortion where possible.

Beginning January 2023, the University of California and California State University campuses will also offer medical abortion services. according to state law.

Major employers have publicly said they will offer employees with travel insurance if they need to be out of state for an abortion.

Officials said just because Barnard is located in New York, where access to abortion is not restricted, doesn’t mean the university can’t be prepared.

“While our students have access to high-quality reproductive health services in New York and especially in [Columbia University Irving Medical Center]We are also preparing in case there are barriers to access in the future, for whatever reason,” said Catallozzi and Grinage.

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