An online abortion pill business shipping pills through the mail has received $1 million in seed funding from venture capitalists, according to a Bloomberg report.
Choix Inc. allegedly received the funding from Elevate Capital, a venture capital firm based in Oregon. For $289, Choix will connect women with a “medical provider” after they fill out an online questionnaire. So far, the abortion pills can only be mailed to women in California, Colorado, or Illinois, and they must be at least 16 years old.
“Because of what is going on in this country, we wanted to be able to grow quickly,” Cindy Adam, co-founder and chief executive officer, told Bloomberg. “We’re on a lot more people’s radar now, just because of what’s going on.”
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Adam also said they expect to raise as much as another $1 million in the near future, due to the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. She said the business specifically chose not to operate as a non-profit organization so they could begin working faster. “There’s already a lot of limited funding that independent clinics and a lot of nonprofits are going for,” she said. “We have seen an uptick in interested partners since the [Supreme Court draft opinion] leak, so we are really excited about the potential for other investors.”
Though Choix claims to connect women with medical providers, much of its staff consists of engineers, according to the company’s website. There are just two nurse practitioners and one doctor listed as being among their staff. They ship abortion pills through a pharmacy called Honeybee Health, as previously reported by Live Action News.
Most of the women who receive pills from Choix do not receive any care to ensure they have no contraindications, according to a previous interview from staff nurse practitioner Lauren Dubey. She acknowledged their process “can be a little bit confusing and overwhelming, especially with the heightened feelings of urgency surrounding having an abortion,” and said only a “small subset” of their patients receive an ultrasound before being given the abortion pills.
Adam also previously told Ms. Magazine that they plan to offer Medicaid coverage in California next year, which means some taxpayers may soon be paying for women’s abortions without even knowing it.
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