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New York Attorney General Letitia James is pushing to ensure women across the state and the nation are able to access safe and legal abortions during the coronavirus public health crisis.

In a letter to both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, James, as part of a multistate coalition of 21 attorneys general from around the nation, requested that the Trump administration waive or utilize its discretion not to enforce its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) designation, which dictates and subsequently impedes women’s access to the medical-abortion prescription drug known as Mifepristone.

The attorneys general call on the administration to ensure that women across the country can more easily access this critical health care service while the pandemic leaves many women unable to seek in-person care.