How to Give Yourself an Abortion

How to Give Yourself an Abortion

January 9, 2020
Posted by Arielle Swernoff
Illustrated by Matt Lubchansky

For as long as people have gotten pregnant, people have given themselves abortions. Historically, these methods have varied from the brutal to the toxic to the bizarre.

But history hasn’t always gotten it wrong. From the Bronze Age until the 1st or 2nd century BCE, silphium, a plant native to Libya, was used as a safe and effective contraceptive and abortifacient. It’s said the plant was so popular that it was harvested to extinction. More recently, enslaved black people in the American South devised numerous herbal treatments to terminate unwanted pregnancies, some of which are still used today.

Continued: https://jewishcurrents.org/how-to-give-yourself-an-abortion/


Malaysia – ‘Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies’

'Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies'
People buy abortion pills online as they are an easier and less stigmatised route.

By Teh Athira Yusof
January 6, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Experts are calling for abortion pills to be made available at public health clinics and pharmacies to prevent cases of overdose and serious health complications.

Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM) hotline coordinator Dr Sim Poey Choong said while the dangers cited by the Health Ministry regarding the overdose of abortion pills were correct, it hardly seemed to be a good reason to prevent the pills from being prescribed and supervised by doctors to provide safe abortions in early pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2020/01/553841/make-abortion-pills-available-clinics-pharmacies


Malaysia – Expert: Find solution to curb rise of online abortion pills

Expert: Find solution to curb rise of online abortion pills
The availability of medical abortion as a safe choice for women supervised by medical professionals will in turn decrease the need for women to resort to illegal and unsafe methods.

By Teh Athira Yusof
January 6, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Solutions must be provided to overcome the rise in the sale of abortion pills online.

Federation of Reproductive Health Association of Malaysia medical committee member Dr John Teo said prevention, support, destigmatisation of abortion and better access to safe and legal termination of pregnancy would address the online sale of abortion pills effectively.

Continued: https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2020/01/553837/expert-find-solution-curb-rise-online-abortion-pills


Malaysia – Reproductive choices can overcome sale of illegal abortion pills

Reproductive choices can overcome sale of illegal abortion pills

John Teo
December 29, 2019

It is disheartening to note that the sale of illegal abortion pills online is proliferating. Clearly, it reflects the increasing desperate attempts by women and girls in resolving their crisis when faced with unplanned pregnancies.

While the health ministry has been clamping down on such sales, we are concerned that it may be ineffective as these sales are conducted through various platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and WeChat that appear and disappear as fast as a flash.

Continued: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2019/12/29/reproductive-choices-can-overcome-sale-of-illegal-abortion-pills/


Malaysia – ‘Ministry acts to stem purchase of abortion pills online, by courier

Ministry acts to stem purchase of abortion pills online, by courier

Bernama-
December 27, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry said abortion pills have been acquired illegally online from abroad or smuggled into the country using postal and courier services.

It said it received 51 complaints of online sales of abortion pills in 2018 and 2019, which could be abused for illegal abortion.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry will work with postal and courier service companies to block the purchase of such pills.

Continued: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/12/27/ministry-acts-to-stem-purchase-of-abortion-pills-online-by-courier/


USA – Why 2020 presidential candidates should support over-the-counter access to abortion pills

Why 2020 presidential candidates should support over-the-counter access to abortion pills
Medication abortion is safe, and the FDA approval process should start now. Meanwhile, policymakers should lift unnecessary restrictions on the pills.

Daniel Grossman, Opinion contributor
Dec. 18, 2019

Abortion access is facing a monumental crisis, as states across the nation continue to advance and enact restrictive abortion laws, the Trump administration puts in place reproductive health policies that ignore science, and the Supreme Court is set to decide a major case on abortion regulations next year.

Amid this treacherous landscape, two key factors will help determine the future of abortion in the United States: the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, and the outcome of ongoing efforts to make medication abortion (also called the abortion pill) easier for people to get.

Continued: https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2019/12/18/abortion-pills-safe-could-ease-access-crisis-women-column/2665854001/


Poland – How to Make Abortion Great Again

How to Make Abortion Great Again

Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the European Union, and in practice, it's all but banned. But four women, nicknamed the "Abortion Dream Team," are pushing back, holding workshops around the country teaching women how to obtain and self-manage a medical abortion. With Roe v. Wade at risk of being overturned in the U.S., is their story a cautionary tale, or a possible roadmap for American women?

By Anna Louie Sussman
Nov 4, 2019

On a rainy day in May, in the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk, in a high-ceilinged room on the second floor of an unremarkable building, 16 women and five men sat in mismatched office chairs around a long table, waiting to learn how to administer a medical abortion. Before the workshop began in earnest, one of the speakers, Karolina Więckiewicz, turned to a bald, bearded man on her left, whose papers spread out in front of him suggested he might be from a prosecutor’s office, and asked him to stop recording.

Continued: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a28690537/abortion-dream-team-poland/


Northern Irish GPs face ‘legal uncertainty’ as abortion decriminalised

Northern Irish GPs face ‘legal uncertainty’ as abortion decriminalised
Doctor says abortion services not deregulated and abortions up to 28 weeks not allowed

Oct 22, 2019
Freya McClements, Gerry Moriarty

Doctors in Northern Ireland must be given clarification about the rules now governing abortion laws following the decriminalisation of abortion this week, professional bodies representing GPs and midwives have warned.

GPs continue “to face uncertainty about where they stand legally”, warned Dr Gráinne Doran, the chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/northern-irish-gps-face-legal-uncertainty-as-abortion-decriminalised-1.4059576


USA – More People Are Starting to Prefer Managing Their Abortions on Their Own

More People Are Starting to Prefer Managing Their Abortions on Their Own
And it's not just because of restrictive state laws.

by Marie Solis
Oct 17 2019

People are turning to at-home abortion as state lawmakers attack reproductive rights and restrict clinic access across the United States, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday.

The findings are the result of a 10-month study of Women on Web, a website that prescribes and sells abortion pills abroad — not in the United States. But despite that caveat, the Netherlands-based doctor who runs the site, Rebecca Gomperts, says she has received requests from American women since she began operations in 2006.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k5yb/buying-abortion-pills-online-is-becoming-more-widespread


USA – How Abortion Pills Will Shape Our Future

How Abortion Pills Will Shape Our Future
The Supreme Court may make it harder to get to an abortion clinic, but thanks to drugs, coat hangers can remain a thing of the past.

By Katha Pollitt
Oct 10, 2019

The news that the Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy has prompted many to wonder whether Roe v. Wade will finally, unfortunately, be overturned. The case, June Medical Services v. Gee, challenges a Louisiana law requiring clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Sound familiar? In 2016 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the court struck down a Texas law over a similar requirement. You’d think that would have settled the matter, but no. The case is essentially the same, but the court is not.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/kavanaugh-pills-abortion/