Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail
The founder of a global abortion-pill provider that has never shipped to the U.S. has quietly started a new service for Americans.

Olga Khazan
Oct 18, 2018

For years, an organization called Women on Web has given women a way to perform their own medication-induced abortions at home. The organization would remotely do online consultations, fill prescriptions, and ship pills that trigger miscarriages to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. Several studies have shown that the service is safe.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/women-on-web-safe-abortion-mail/573322/

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There’s Now an Online Option for Self-Managed Early Abortion Care in the United States

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
Auditi Guha

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.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/10/18/theres-now-an-online-option-for-self-managed-early-abortion-care-in-us/

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USA – The untold ways women are fighting to protect abortion access if landmark Roe v Wade falls

The untold ways women are fighting to protect abortion access if landmark Roe v Wade falls
‘We’re here to continue our work, no matter what happens,’ says one activist

Emily Shugerman, New York
July 21, 2018

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh – Donald Trump’s conservative, pro-life pick for the Supreme Court – has set off a wave of activism among women’s rights advocates seeking to protect abortion rights across the US.

Groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America have staged protests and phone drives in an attempt block Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination, warning of a return to the days before Roe v Wade – the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/roe-v-wade-abortion-brett-kavanaugh-trump-supreme-court-us-women-protest-pill-a8457076.html

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Decrease in number of Irish women having UK abortions

Decrease in number of Irish women having UK abortions
Latest figures from the UK Department of Health show rate down from 3.5 to 3.1 per 1,000

June 7, 2018
Colin Gleeson

There has been a further decrease in the number of women giving Irish addresses at abortion clinics in England and Wales, according to figures issued by the UK Department of Health.

The latest statistics show the number of women has fallen from 3,265 in 2016 to 3,091 in 2017. This equates to a decrease in the rate of women travelling to the UK for an abortion from 3.5 per 1,000 women in 2016 to 3.1 per 1,000 in 2017.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/decrease-in-number-of-irish-women-having-uk-abortions-1.3522768

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Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

by Bridget Boakye
June 06, 2018

Women’s health is an especially big concern in Sub-Saharan Africa, and safe pregnancy and abortion top the list as one of many women’s most pressing health concern.

According to the UNICEF, global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44 per cent between 1990 to 2015 but it remains unacceptably high in sub-Saharan Africa. The region accounted for 62% (179 000) of global maternity-related deaths in 2013. One of the major complications that account for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths is unsafe abortions (WHO).

Continued: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/africans-are-searching-for-abortion-pills-online-more-than-anyone-else-in-the-world

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How do GPs treat women who’ve taken abortion pills in Ireland?

How do GPs treat women who've taken abortion pills in Ireland?
“They’d be more nervous telling a doctor they don’t know. Oftentimes, they might say they’re miscarrying.”

April 15, 2018

IT’S ESTIMATED THAT around 1,500 abortion pills are used on the island of Ireland each year, or around 5 pills a day.

That figure is based on a study conducted on women in Northern Ireland and the Republic, the number of seizures of abortion pills, and the number of pills ordered by women from online providers.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/gp-patient-3954650-Apr2018/

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Women in Ireland should not take abortion pills, says Harris

Women in Ireland should not take abortion pills, says Harris
Senior obstetrician warns of ‘serious dangers’ when women take abortion pills without medical supervision

April 12, 2018
Pat Leahy

There are significant dangers to the unsupervised use of abortion pills, the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the chair of the Institute of Obstetricians Peter Boylan warned yesterday while calling for a Yes vote in the abortion.

The widespread use of “illegal” and “unsupervised” abortion pills present a compelling case for repealing the eighth amendment and legalising the pills so they can be used under medical supervision, the men said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-in-ireland-should-not-take-abortion-pills-says-harris-1.3459882

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No vote in referendum will mean ‘backstreet abortion’ retained

No vote in referendum will mean ‘backstreet abortion’ retained
Rhona Mahony tells London event clinicians need current legal regime to change

April 12, 2018

A No vote in the May referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment would represent a decision to retain “backstreet abortion” in Ireland, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital has said.

Speaking at a meeting in London on Wednesday night, Dr Rhona Mahony said about 1,000 women accessed abortion tablets over the internet each year and take them in an “unsupervised way, totally unsupported”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/no-vote-in-referendum-will-mean-backstreet-abortion-retained-1.3458693

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Ireland – Pro-choice group calls for regulation of abortion pills

Pro-choice group calls for regulation of abortion pills
Together for Yes claims ‘at least two women a day in Ireland are taking an abortion pill in secrecy’

April 11, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Together for Yes campaign, which supports repeal of the Eighth Amendment, has called for regulation of abortion pills in Ireland as figures show a 190 per cent increase in their use last year.

The figures are from one of two main online providers, Women Help Women, which also indicated that at least two women a day in Ireland were taking abortion pills illegally in the secrecy of their homes.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/pro-choice-group-calls-for-regulation-of-abortion-pills-1.3458053

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

May 17th, 2017
A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used the service of Women on Web. Women on Web is an online service of telemedicine initiated ten years ago by Women on Waves. Women living in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted can use it to access information and be referred to a medical doctor to receive a medical abortion.
For more information about Women on Web: +31624195506 or info@womenonwaves.org

Press release by BMJ:

Online abortion service offers vital alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy

Results support growing calls for reform of highly restrictive abortion laws

Early medical abortion using online telemedicine offers a highly effective alternative to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted, finds a study published by The BMJ today.
The findings, based on reports from women living in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world, show that rates of adverse events are low and that women are able to identify potentially serious complications and seek medical attention when advised.
The results provide the best safety evidence to date for self sourced medical abortion through telemedicine - and have important implications for millions of women worldwide, say the researchers.
About a quarter of the world's population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws. Globally, each year an estimated 43,000 women die as a result of lack of access to safe legal abortion services through their countries' formal healthcare systems. Millions more have complications.
Yet little is known about the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion provided through online clinics.
So a team of international researchers led by Abigail Aiken at the University of Texas, analysed self reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receiving and using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy.
Almost 95% reported successfully ending their pregnancy. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. No deaths were reported.
Ninety three women (9.3%) reported experiencing any symptom for which they were advised to seek medical attention and, of these 87 (95%) sought attention.
None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome.
The researchers highlight some study limitations that could have introduced bias and say their results might not be generalisable to all settings. However, key strengths include the large sample size and high follow-up rate.
"For the millions of women worldwide living in areas where access to abortion is restricted, the findings show the vital role played by self sourced medical abortion in providing an option with high effectiveness rates and few reported adverse outcomes," they conclude.
In a linked editorial, researchers in Canada say, while findings from self reported data must always be treated with some degree of caution, these "reassuring study data support growing calls for reform."
They point out that repeal of legal restrictions "would support the safest and most equitable abortion care for women in Irish jurisdictions.
Until then, for the first time in history, women of all social classes in a legally restricted yet high resource setting have equitable access to a reasonable alternative: medical abortion guided by physicians through telemedicine," they conclude.
Note to Editors:
 
Journal: The BMJ

For more information, please contact:

Abigail R A Aiken, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA - Research

Email: araa2@utexas.edu

Wendy V Norman, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada - Editorial

Email: wendy.norman@ubc.ca

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Source: Women on Waves: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/6985/online-abortion-service-women-on-web--a-vital-alternative

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