Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail
The founder of a global abortion-pill provider that has never shipped to the U.S. has quietly started a new service for Americans.

Olga Khazan
Oct 18, 2018

For years, an organization called Women on Web has given women a way to perform their own medication-induced abortions at home. The organization would remotely do online consultations, fill prescriptions, and ship pills that trigger miscarriages to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. Several studies have shown that the service is safe.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/women-on-web-safe-abortion-mail/573322/

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A Dutch physician is sending medication abortion to Americans by mail

A Dutch physician is sending medication abortion to Americans by mail
"It was in response to the urgent medical need."

Amanda Michelle Gomez
Oct 18, 2018

If you have to travel 100 miles to terminate your pregnancy, ordering abortion pills online might be a more practical option for you. But while it’s relatively easy to purchase medication abortion on the internet, websites can feel sketchy or confusing as they don’t always provide the relevant information or instructions.

Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts has addressed this problem, launching a new service called Aid Access that mails abortion pills to people living in the United States.

Continued: https://thinkprogress.org/a-dutch-physician-is-sending-medication-abortion-to-americans-by-mail-767652be8419/

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USA – How to Prepare for a World Where Abortion Is Illegal

How to Prepare for a World Where Abortion Is Illegal

By Sady Doyle
Oct 18, 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court seems to have ushered in a kind of nuclear winter for the reproductive rights movement. Kavanaugh was selected from a list of “pro-life” justices committed to overturning Roe; thanks to him, abortion access will likely be curtailed even further in all 50 states.

We don’t yet know when or how Roe will fall. Women and trans people have been losing the right to abortion for decades — through the defunding and closure of abortion clinics, through restrictions imposed by the states, or through the Hyde Amendment, a federal ban on abortion funding which effectively prevents low-income women from getting care. Some advocates expect the loss to continue this way, with states being allowed to pass increasingly draconian bans. Others see a grimmer endgame in sight.

Continued: https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a23889097/how-to-prepare-for-a-world-where-abortion-is-illegal/

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There’s Now an Online Option for Self-Managed Early Abortion Care in the United States

There’s Now an Online Option for Self-Managed Early Abortion Care in the United States
Self-managed abortion is not new, but is vilified by right-wing and religious groups opposed to abortion rights as akin to the dangerous back-alley option.

Oct 18, 2018
Auditi Guha

A new online service, Aid Access, offers women an option to buy early abortion pills online and receive both medical consultation and physician-supported medical care at a critical time for reproductive health.

Abortion care advocates say Aid Access’ services—which are now available in the United States after being available for a decade in other countries—normalizes self-managed care and provides a safe, confidential, medically-supported alternative to clinic-based care for early abortion.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/10/18/theres-now-an-online-option-for-self-managed-early-abortion-care-in-us/

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USA – When women can’t access abortion, some take drastic measures

When women can’t access abortion, some take drastic measures
A new study looks at what happens in states with only a few abortion clinics

Published: Oct 17, 2018
By Kari Paul, Reporter

The newly conservative-majority Supreme Court could put abortion rights further in jeopardy, according to the authors of a new study in the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Researchers Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a reproductive health research group based at the University of California, San Francisco, compared abortion laws in Louisiana and Maryland and found state restrictions have a larger effect on women than initially thought.

Continued: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/when-women-cant-access-abortion-some-take-drastic-measures-2018-10-16

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USA – Anti-Choice Activists Want You To Hate Abortion Providers Like Me

Anti-Choice Activists Want You To Hate Abortion Providers Like Me

By Willie J. Parker
Oct 17, 2018

I believe the most important thing you can do for another human being is to help them in their time of need. That’s why I am proud to be an abortion provider. I wake up every day knowing that I am helping patients make decisions that are right for their health, their lives and their families.

Because I am a Black man, a physician and an abortion provider, anti-abortion activists have called me many ugly things. Protestors have hurled racial epithets at me and accused me of being a “race traitor.” They have also called me “Kermit Gosnell.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-willie-parker-kermit-gosnell-abortion-movie_us_5bc62cd3e4b0d38b587268e1

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Self-Managed Medication Abortion: Expanding the Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care

Self-Managed Medication Abortion: Expanding the Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care

Volume 21, 2018 (posted Oct 17)
By Megan K. Donovan
Highlights

- People should have affordable access to the full range of safe and effective options for abortion care, including self-management with medication.
- In addition to existing barriers that limit access to abortion care overall, there are unique obstacles that must be overcome before self-managed medication abortion can be available to all in a meaningful way.
- It is essential that individuals seeking to self-manage an abortion have a source of accurate information and access to medical care if necessary.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/guttmacher/self-managed-medication-abortion-expanding-the-available-options-for-us-abortion-care?e=bb6e0547c2

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USA – I’ve been an ‘abortion doula’ 2,000 times

I've been an ‘abortion doula’ 2,000 times

By Kirstie Brewer BBC Stories
14 October 2018

Doulas typically give women emotional support during childbirth, but in New York some help women through abortions too. Vicki Bloom has been in the room for more than 2,000 procedures since joining the non-profit Doula Project in 2010.

One of the things Vicki Bloom found most surprising when she first became an abortion doula was just how many of the women - most of them already mothers - wanted to chat about their children.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-45666460

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USA – Code Name Jane: The Women Behind a Covert Abortion Network

Code Name Jane: The Women Behind a Covert Abortion Network
In the years before abortion became legal, a clandestine group helped women with unwanted pregnancies get around the law.

Video: 7:57 minutes. Abortion Was Illegal. This Secret Group Defied the Law. By Retro Report

By Clyde Haberman
Oct. 14, 2018

The no-frills advertisement, printed at times in student and alternative newspapers, went straight to the point: “Pregnant? Don’t want to be? Call Jane.” A telephone number followed.

This was nearly half a century ago, when abortion was illegal almost everywhere in the country and alternative newspapers were in their heyday. There was no Jane, though, not literally anyway. Yet at the same time, Jane was anybody.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/us/illegal-abortion-janes.html

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USA/Canada – Why I Wanted to Learn to Perform Abortions

Why I Wanted to Learn to Perform Abortions
With the future of contraception in question, looking back to recent history is instructive.

By Jen Gunter
Oct. 14, 2018

It starts with steel.

A speculum. A needle. A tenaculum to steady the cervix. A set of dilators. These were the instruments I used when I trained to perform abortions in the 1990s.

There was also plastic and suction. The equipment was all so hard and sharp, and yet the procedure itself required a delicate touch. This was before ultrasound was commonly used, so a surgical abortion was often performed blindly. It took experience to recognize and understand the feel of steel and hard plastic on the cervix and the uterus. Not just because you couldn’t see, but also because the tissue changes week by week as the uterus enlarges and the muscle thins.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/style/performing-abortions.html

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