Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months

Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months
Three-quarters of mail order requests came from states with strict anti-abortion laws

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Wed 22 May 2019

Thousands of American women have obtained abortion pills online in the past six months, according to figures that highlight the escalating difficulty in accessing safe abortions on the ground.

Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women requested abortion medication between October 2018 and March this year from the charity Aid Access. Between a third and a half of the women who made the requests were then sent abortion pills in the mail. The majority of the recipients live in states with hostile abortion policies.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/revealed-21000-us-women-order-abortion-pills-in-six-months

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USA – Georgia’s Terrible Law Doesn’t Have to Be the Future of Abortion

Georgia’s Terrible Law Doesn’t Have to Be the Future of Abortion
A self-induced abortion with misoprostol can be a safe, reliable way to end an unwanted pregnancy.

By Cari Sietstra
May 11, 2019

This week, Georgia became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks after a last menstrual period, before many people even realize they are pregnant. Its ban goes further than the others, criminalizing doctors and others who help induce abortions, as well as making those who are pregnant, potentially liable for murder if they prompt a pregnancy loss. They could even be liable if they do it in another state.

On Thursday, Alabama postponed a vote on what could be the country’s most restrictive abortion ban.

Continued; https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/11/opinion/abortion-pregnancy-misoprostol.html

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Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Brittney Deguara
Apr 10 2019

New Zealand women who undergo an abortion are having the procedure earlier in their pregnancies, according to a new study.

The proportion of terminations that happen in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy has risen by 20 per cent in the last 10 years according to the study, published in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111917883/kiwi-women-are-getting-abortions-earlier-in-their-pregnancies-study-finds

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USA – The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online

The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online
An abortion provider delves into the safety, efficacy, and legality.

April 8, 2019
By Jennifer Conti, M.D., M.S.

Given the many obstacles facing reproductive rights in our current political climate, we as physicians are seeing some people take abortion into their own hands. No, I’m not talking about coat-hanger abortions or any of the other infamous and tragic methods that people in the past (and, sadly, even some in the present) have explored.

Specifically, I’m talking about those who are self-managing medication abortions, meaning that they’re getting and taking abortion medications without going through a health-care provider at all.

Continued: https://www.self.com/story/buying-abortion-pills-online

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CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 5, 2019

The Concept Foundation is finalizing the first part of a project with the goal to increase the availability and accessibility of quality-assured, affordable combi-packs of medical abortion pills to all women who seek a safe medical abortion. So far, the groundwork has been laid for work in two regions: Central Asia and Southern Africa. The momentum has led to a second phase of funding to support the longer-term initiatives for increased access to these critical medicines. One of the goals of this project is to work towards pooled-procurement of safe medical abortion combi-packs, to allow smaller countries and regions to place orders together in order to benefit from the lowest possible price of this quality assured product. They are working with a few manufacturers of quality-assured combi-packs. They have produced several documents to help with these efforts, among others on the cost structure of mife-miso combi-packs, the quality assurance of the products, and a complete roadmap for introducing products in countries.

Concept Foundation continues to support efforts to increase access to Medabon®, the only quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack currently available in LMICs at an affordable price. UNFPA proposes the combipack at the lowest possible price. [Each pack contains one mifepristone 200 mg tablet to be taken orally and four 200 mcg misoprostol tablets to be used 24-48 hours later – either sub-lingually or vaginally]. The combi-pack is currently registered in more than 15 countries. The Foundation continues to engage with partners and to support registration and introduction in more countries in need. Their progress continues to show that it is possible to increase access to affordable, quality-assured reproductive health products that improve and save women’s lives.

SOURCE: Conception Foundation E-mail, 28 March 2019

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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/concept-foundation-quality-assured-mifepristone-misoprostol-combi-pack/

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India – Woman held for selling abortion kit illegally

Woman held for selling abortion kit illegally

TNN
Mar 9, 2019

NASHIK: A 40-year-old woman, identified as Mangal Shinde, was arrested for allegedly selling the medical termination of pregnancy kit to a decoy.

Sarkarwada police said that the food and drug administration received a tip-off about the clandestinely sale of the kit. A trap was laid near Canada Corner area and the suspect was caught while delivery the kit in exchange of money on Thursday, the police said.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/woman-held-for-selling-abortion-kit-illegally/articleshow/68324598.cms

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USA – The Challenges of Innovating Access to Abortion

The Challenges of Innovating Access to Abortion

By Sue Halpern
Mar 6, 2019

A year ago, when Kanuʻuhiwa Thomas, a twenty-four-year-old who lives in Hawaii, found out that she was two weeks pregnant, she decided to terminate the pregnancy. (Kanuʻuhiwa Thomas is an alias.) “I don’t have any type of support system,” Thomas told me. “I’m still trying to finish my schooling, which is really important to me because a lot of girls here don’t finish their education—they just get pregnant and maybe get married and have kids and have to live off the system. I’m just kind of adamant about making sure I can take care of a child before I have one.”

Hawaii has one of the most liberal abortion policies in the country, but, like many rural and geographically expansive states, services are hard to come by.

Continued: https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-challenges-of-innovating-access-to-abortion

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UK – Woman admits she’s ‘proud’ she had an abortion – and would do it again

Woman admits she's 'proud' she had an abortion - and would do it again
A woman has revealed why she's proud she had an abortion and wishes more women and girls could feel this way

By Courtney Pochin, Audience Writer, and Sophie Halle-Richards
2 MAR 2019

Abigail Sheldon was just 19-years-old when she discovered she was three months pregnant - despite being on the contraceptive pill.

A student at Manchester University at the time, Abigail knew that she and her long-term boyfriend weren't ready to be parents, so she decided to terminate the pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-admits-shes-proud-abortion-14077115

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Venezuela – This Woman Performed Her Own Abortion — And Was Lucky To Survive

This Woman Performed Her Own Abortion — And Was Lucky To Survive
After barely surviving two illegal abortions, Beatriz sells birth control on the black market to help other women in Venezuela, as the economic and political crisis deepens.

Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on February 28, 2019

CARACAS, Venezuela — With a flick of the wrist, Beatriz pulled out two strips of birth control pills from her top.

Contraceptives are in short supply in Venezuela, with most pharmacies sold out, so it’s largely up to black marketeers like Beatriz to supply women with them. And despite their exorbitant price tag — on the street, $1 gets you a month’s birth control, but that represents a week’s salary — the pills remain highly sought after.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/venezuelas-crisis-is-pushing-women-to-have-illegal-abortions

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Kuwait – Gynecologist smuggling abortion pills – Sells 1 pill for 100 KD to Indians and Filipinos

Gynecologist smuggling abortion pills – Sells 1 pill for 100 KD to Indians and Filipinos

Feb 16, 2019

KUWAIT CITY: Security officers at the Kuwait International Airport have arrested an unidentified female gynecologist for attempting to smuggle into the country large quantities of medicine pills to induce abortion, reports Al- Shahed daily.

According to the daily, the doctor works for a private hospital and earns a monthly salary of KD 2,000. She has admitted to selling one pill for KD 100 to Indians and Filipinos. The doctor has been referred to the authorities for further interrogation.

Source: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/gynecologist-smuggling-abortion-pills-sells-1-pill-for-100-kd-to-indians-and-filipinos/

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