Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.

Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.
The medication used in self-managed abortions is safe for most women less than 10 weeks pregnant.

By Julia Belluz
Oct 20, 2018

With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the future of Roe v. Wade is looking increasingly grim.

But even while the landmark law remains in place, the rollback of abortion access across the US is already well underway — and women who want to safely terminate their pregnancies face an increasing number of roadblocks.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/20/17999996/abortion-mail-online-mifepristone-misoprostol

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Ireland – Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Eilish O'Regan
October 16 2018

Women who have a medical abortion can be dispensed medication by their GP or hospital doctor.

It will mean that women who avail of abortion, when the law extending the grounds for termination is in force, will not have to fill a prescription in a pharmacy.

This will help to preserve their privacy and avert the need to have to produce a prescription script in public.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-to-get-abortion-pills-direct-from-gps-37424459.html

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Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada

Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada
Since Alberta began covering the cost of Mifegymiso last July, at least 2,190 doses have been prescribed — the overwhelming majority of them in Calgary

Tyler Dawson
October 15, 2018

EDMONTON — It was Calgary’s Kensington clinic that prescribed the first dose of Mifegymiso, the two-pill abortion drug, after it became available in Canada in January 2017.

“When it arrived on our doorstep, we had a patient that day and we offered it to her; we were ready to go,” said clinic executive director Celia Posyniak.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mifegymiso

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When Abortion Is Illegal, Women Rarely Die. But They Still Suffer.

When Abortion Is Illegal, Women Rarely Die. But They Still Suffer.
A look at what happens when abortion is forbidden, from countries where it still is

Olga Khazan
Oct 11, 2018

In August, the Argentine Senate rejected a bill that would have decriminalized abortion in the country within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Less than a week later, the newspaper Clairín reported that a 34-year-old woman died from septic shock after attempting to terminate her own pregnancy using parsley.

The woman, referred to only as Elizabeth, became one of the 40-some Argentine women who die each year from unsafe abortions. “Illegality forces the poorest women to use the most desperate practices,” one doctor was quoted as saying.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/how-many-women-die-illegal-abortions/572638/

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USA – The future of DIY abortions is the internet, not a back-alley doctor

The future of DIY abortions is the internet, not a back-alley doctor
No need for a clinic at all

by Lux Alptraum
Sep 22, 2018

For many people, the phrase “illegal abortion” calls to mind images of back alley clinics, medical providers with questionable credentials, and, of course, the dreaded coat hanger — an object so evocative it’s often been used as a protest symbol. But those images are outdated, belonging to a pre-Roe era. These days, the real action in abortion is now online, as a group of reproductive rights activists use the internet to spread the word about how to use abortion pills. They hope to give pregnant people living in places where abortion is nearly inaccessible, or outright illegal, access to safe and effective ways to take charge of their own fertility.

Thanks to the introduction of abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol — which, in combination, effectively induce abortion 95 percent to 98 percent of the time — it’s become possible to terminate an unwanted pregnancy without an invasive medical procedure. More to the point, it’s possible for women to take these pills to induce an abortion on their own, without the assistance of a doctor. Those pills can be bought online — so for many people, it’s possible to avoid the clinic entirely.

Continued: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/22/17807550/diy-abortion-sass-pills-plan-c-repro-action-safe2choose-mifeprostone-misoprostol-online

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Belfast court to hear landmark challenge over abortion rights

Belfast court to hear landmark challenge over abortion rights
Northern Ireland woman takes on decision to prosecute her for supplying pills to daughter

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Thu 20 Sep 2018

A woman is challenging a decision to prosecute her for obtaining abortion pills for her pregnant underage daughter in a potential landmark case for abortion rights in Northern Ireland.

She will seek to overturn a decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to subject her to a criminal trial and the prospect of five years in prison for supplying the pills in 2013 to her then 15-year-old daughter, who terminated the pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/20/northern-ireland-woman-challenges-prosecution-buying-abortion-pills

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Abortion pills prosecution challenge by NI mother adjourned

Abortion pills prosecution challenge by NI mother adjourned

20 September 2018

A judicial review taken by a Northern Ireland woman accused of buying abortion pills online for her 15-year-old daughter has been adjourned. She is accused of procuring and supplying poison with the intent to cause a miscarriage in July 2013.

However, she is challenging the decision to prosecute her. If the prosecution goes ahead, the woman faces a criminal trial with the possibility of up to 10 years in prison.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45550006?mc_cid=b515a2798a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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Australia – More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

Released 19/09/2018 - Joint media release

Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed today in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The legislation, introduced by the ACT Greens, allows medical abortions to be accessed through a local GP or telehealth provider for the first time in the ACT.

Continued: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/yvette-berry-mla-media-releases/2018/More-choice-for-women-seeking-abortion-in-the-ACT

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ACT to get increased access to abortion

ACT to get increased access to abortion

Sep 19, 2018

GPs in the ACT can now prescribe drugs for medical abortion, bringing the nation's capital in line with other jurisdictions.

The ACT Legislative Assembly passed laws on Wednesday to no longer require an approved facility, such as the Canberra Hospital and Marie Stopes clinic, to terminate pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/09/19/19/56/act-to-get-increased-access-to-abortion

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Northern Ireland: Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter in Court to challenge prosecution

Northern Ireland: Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter in Court to challenge prosecution

17th September 2018

A mother who bought her then 15-year-old daughter abortion pills online is challenging a decision by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to prosecute her. The ground-breaking case will focus attention on the criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. It is the first time the Public Prosecution Service has been challenged on a decision relating to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion law. The case will be heard on Thursday 20 September at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast.

The mother faces two charges of unlawfully procuring and supplying the abortion drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, with intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. If her challenge is unsuccessful, the mother faces a criminal trial and up to 10 years in prison.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.ie/northern-ireland-woman-who-bought-abortion-pills-for-daughter-in-court-to-challenge-prosecution/

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