Self-Managed Abortion May Be On The Rise, But Probably Not A Significant Driver Of The Overall Decline In Abortion
Rachel K. Jones,Guttmacher Institute
Megan K. Donovan,Guttmacher Institute
First published on Health Affairs Blog: November 7, 2019
The U.S. abortion landscape is changing rapidly. Large swaths of the country are enacting ever more extreme abortion restrictions, while a number of states are racing to protect or even expand access. In 2020, the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court will consider its first major abortion rights case since Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were confirmed, and additional cases are at the Court’s doorstep. And all the while, the U.S. abortion rate continues to decline: According to a September report from the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate has reached a record low, with concurrent declines in birthrates suggesting that fewer people are becoming pregnant in the first place.
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
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.
Self-Managed Medication Abortion: Expanding the Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care
Volume 21, 2018 (posted Oct 17)
By Megan K. Donovan
- 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.
‘Self-induced abortion’ searches on Google reflect a dark reality for many women
By Katie Kindelan
Jul 9, 2018
The battle over abortion rights may be at a turning point.
President Trump is expected today to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.
The new justice could potentially tip the court against abortion rights as he or she will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who provided a key vote in 1992 to reaffirm Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established a woman's right to abortion.