USA: Exploring the Feasibility of Obtaining Mifepristone and Misoprostol from the Internet

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ABSTRACT

Objectives.
We aimed to document the experience of buying abortion pills from online vendors that do not require a prescription and to evaluate the active ingredient content of the pills received. Study Design. We searched the internet to identify a convenience sample of websites that sold mifepristone and misoprostol to purchasers in the United States and attempted to order these products. We documented price, shipping time and other aspects of ordering. We sent the samples received to a testing laboratory that measured the amount of active ingredient in individual tablets.

Results. We identified 20 websites and ordered 22 products: 20 mifepristone-misoprostol combination products and two that contained only misoprostol. We received 18 combination products and the two misoprostol products from 16 different sites. No site required a prescription or any relevant medical information. The time between order and receipt of the 20 products ranged from 3-21 business days (median 9.5 days). The price for the 18 combination products ranged from $110 to $360, including shipping and fees; the products without mifepristone cost less. Chemical assays found that the 18 tablets labeled 200 mg mifepristone contained between 184.3 mg and 204.1 mg mifepristone, while the 20 tablets labeled 200 mcg misoprostol contained between 34.1 mcg and 201.4 mcg of the active ingredient.

Conclusions. Obtaining abortion medications from online pharmaceutical websites is feasible in the US. The mifepristone tablets received contained within 8% of the labeled amount of active agent. The misoprostol tablets all contained that compound but usually less than labeled.

IMPLICATIONS STATEMENT
Given our findings, we expect that some people for whom clinic-based abortion is not easily available or acceptable may consider self-sourcing pills from the internet to be a rational option.

Continued at source: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8985.pdf

See also this Commentary: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8984.pdf

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USA: Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

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Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

BY Elisa Wells
Oct 10, 2017

When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they would ever appear. I say “sketchy” in that the offer seemed too good to be true — abortion pills for less than $200, no prescription needed. The “Whoa, trouble ahead!” warning from my McAfee security system certainly gave me pause, but by the time I received the fraud alert call from by credit card company (at the same time that Western Union was calling my other line to warn me) it was too late to turn back; I had already placed the order.

Continued at source: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a12785967/over-the-counter-abortion-pill/

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U.S.: Abortion Via Telemedicine Is Totally Safe, Study Says

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Abortion Via Telemedicine Is Totally Safe, Study Says
States are cracking down on telemedicine abortions, but research argues it's as safe as going to a doctor.

Sept 8, 2017
Catherine Pearson, Women & Parents Senior Reporter, HuffPost

A new study is challenging the premise of laws across the country prohibiting abortions administered through telemedicine.

Nineteen states require a clinician to be present when a woman takes medicine to end her pregnancy in order to keep her safe.

But the new, multi-year study has found that medication abortions are just as safe when they are done with a clinician overseeing them remotely as they are in the physical presence of a doctor.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-via-telemedicine-is-totally-safe_us_59b2af99e4b0dfaafcf79bee

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Sri Lanka nabs Indian for smuggling abortion pills worth Rs 2.3 million

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Sri Lanka nabs Indian for smuggling abortion pills worth Rs 2.3 million
Aug 30, 2017

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities have arrested an Indian man for allegedly smuggling highly potent abortion pills worth Rs 2.3 million, according to a media report today.

The Indian, who arrived from New Delhi on a SriLankan Airlines flight yesterday, had tried to leave without declaring the huge quantity of the pills, the Colombo Page reported.

Upon inspection, Lanka Customs officers found the illegal medicine stock in his luggage.

The suspect, who was not identified, had visited Sri Lanka on several occasions earlier. He has been buying the medicine from India for a low price and selling it in the country for a large amount of money, the report said.

Source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sri-lanka-nabs-indian-for-smuggling-abortion-pills-worth-rs-2-3-million/articleshow/60292975.cms

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India: Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious

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Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious
Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed.

TNM Staff
Monday, August 14, 2017

Pratibha is two-months pregnant, and on August 11, she went into the Karunagapally Taluk hospital in Kerala for a routine check-up. She was a little surprised when the doctor - Dr Shiny - wrote her a prescription, and asked her to change into a lungi and a T-shirt and go into the labour room.

Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed. And to her shock, the nurses reportedly told her that it was an abortion pill - although she hadn’t requested an abortion at all.

Continued at source: The News Minute: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/negligent-kerala-doctor-allegedly-prescribes-abortion-mistake-pregnant-woman-furious-66787

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US: Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

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Abortion 'reversal': the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women's rights

Talking about abortion reversal, which is not evidence-based, could sow more confusion – exactly the intended effect by anti-abortion forces

Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman
Wednesday 2 August 2017

For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready. This falsehood forms the foundation for many restrictive laws that states have enacted in recent years, including requirements to make an extra visit to the clinic before the procedure, or wait up to 72 hours after receiving counseling before the abortion can be performed.

The latest tactic to advance this argument is the so-called abortion reversal – an unproven treatment that supposedly counters the effect of mifepristone, the first pill used in the two-drug regimen of medication abortion. “Reversal” advocates claim this therapy can give patients a “second chance” to keep their baby.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/abortion-pill-reversal-anti-choice-activism

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U.S.: A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’

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A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’
A San Diego doctor claims his injection can save a fetus after a medication abortion has already begun — the latest attempt by abortion foes to create a narrative of regret.

By RUTH GRAHAM
JULY 18, 2017

Marie Stettler has a tattoo on her arm that reads ‘‘Gelobt sei Jesus Christus, in Ewigkeit Amen.’’ It’s a German prayer her fam¬ily used to recite together, and it means ‘‘Praise be Jesus Christ, for eternity Amen.’’ The family attended Mass weekly, and every Saturday morning at 4:30 they prayed together in front of the Eucharist for an hour. As a teenager in Soda Springs, Idaho, Stettler had a 4.0 G.P.A. and was named Caribou County Junior Miss. She prayed all the time, asking God at each big juncture of her life what he wanted her to do. Her friends, she said, saw her as ‘‘this Christian gal who is chasing the Lord.’’

After high school, Stettler moved from Idaho to New York to Washington, taking classes here and there in things like design and music production. By her early 20s, she was restless and began praying to find a path that was ‘‘meaningful and selfless.’’ So she moved again, this time to attend nursing school in Pittsburgh. She became active in the anti-abortion movement there, traveling to attend the March for Life, a huge annual gathering of anti-abortion activists in Washington. But although her faith felt revived, she began ‘‘living a double life,’’ she told me, casually dating a much older restaurateur, whom she described as a ‘‘billionaire.’’ In late October 2015, a month before graduation, she found out she was pregnant.

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/magazine/a-new-front-in-the-war-over-reproductive-rights-abortion-pill-reversal.html?mwrsm=Email

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South Africa: Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study

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Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study
June 26, 2017

SMS advice‚ a checklist and a simple home urine test are all most women need after a medical abortion‚ a Cape Town study has found.

A team led by Deborah Constant‚ of the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town‚ tried the approach on 525 women who had free abortions at six public sector clinics. And 92% said they would be happy to repeat the regimen in future.

Continued at source: Times Live: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-06-26-abortion-advice-by-sms-beats-going-back-to-the-clinic-say-patients-in-cape-town-study/?device=feature_phone

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U.S.: Ending the Stigma and Prosecution of Self-Administered Abortions

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Ending the Stigma and Prosecution of Self-Administered Abortions
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
By Katie Klabusich, Truthout | News Analysis

In just the first three months of this year, 431 abortion restrictions were introduced at the state level. Plus, 2017 has seen the confirmation of anti-choice Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (an international policy that prohibits nongovernmental organizations across the globe that receive US family planning funds from advocating for or even discussing abortion). Add in the 338 state-level restrictions passed between 2010-2016, and it is increasingly clear that abortion access -- at least in the short term -- is slipping away in this country.

Continued: Truthout: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40814-ending-the-stigma-and-prosecution-of-self-administered-abortions

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Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep

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Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep
By Rupsa Chakraborty | Mumbai | Posted 02-Jun-2017

With this line, online agencies hawk pregnancy termination pills, often to women unaware of the danger of using medication without expert help. mid-day puts itself out there as a desperate customer

An unplanned pregnancy can be terrifying, particularly for single, underage girls afraid of the backlash from their parents and society. This is the fear that online stores are exploiting, by offering abortion pills without prescriptions.

Continued at source: Mid-Day: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-news-abortion-pills-no-prescription-pregnancy-termination-pills-online-agencies/18299199

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