Activist Rebecca Gomperts Is Reshaping Last-Ditch Abortion Care

Activist Rebecca Gomperts Is Reshaping Last-Ditch Abortion Care

by Greta Moran
Published on July 9, 2019

Abortions are as inevitable as the sun rising. Every year, around 56 million people around the world induce their own abortions, but this doesn’t need to come in the form of a “back-alley” abortion. Dutch activist and doctor Rebecca Gomperts has made it her life’s work to ensure the abortion pill is accessible—even in places where it is outlawed. She describes her work as a form of harm reduction: using medication to induce abortion is the safest alternative to fully legal abortion. So making this method available (and raising awareness of it) mitigates the consequences of harsh laws that criminalize or limit access to abortion. Gompert’s work reduces the potential of self-induced abortion causing harm or a person having to unwillingly carry a pregnancy to term.

Continued: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/interview-with-abortion-activist-rebecca-gomperts

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USA – Not Your Grandmother’s Illegal Abortion

Not Your Grandmother’s Illegal Abortion

By Jennifer Block
Book excerpt
July 1, 2019

The sola variety of papaya resembles a pregnant uterus, so much so that around the world, humans use the fruit to learn one method of modern reproductive health care: manual vacuum aspiration, or MVA, a low-risk, low-tech method of first-trimester abortion that requires little or no anesthesia. As one doctor remarked at a conference in 1973, where the technology was introduced to physicians from around the world, “it’s something we will be able to bring practically into the rice paddy.”

This, too, is the fruit I have been given to practice on. I’ve placed it on a table across from me, and I’m focused on the neck, where its stem grew, which evokes the cervical os. The tool I’m using is a large plastic syringe with a bendable plastic strawlike thing, called a cannula, where the needle would be. At the top of the syringe is a bivalve to create one-way suction.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/excerpt-from-everything-below-the-waist.html

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USA – Online abortion pill provider ordered to cease delivery by FDA

Online abortion pill provider ordered to cease delivery by FDA

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
Fri March 15, 2019

(CNN)A European organization that provides doctor-prescribed abortion pills by mail is under order by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop deliveries.
The federal agency sent a warning letter to Aid Access this month requesting that it "immediately cease causing the introduction of these violative drugs into U.S. Commerce."

"The sale of misbranded and unapproved new drugs poses an inherent risk to consumers who purchase those products," the letter says. "Drugs that have circumvented regulatory safeguards may be contaminated; counterfeit, contain varying amounts of active ingredients, or contain different ingredients altogether."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/health/fda-aid-access-abortion-pill-warning/index.html

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USA – What Back Alley? These Women Say DIY Abortion Can Be Empowering

What Back Alley? These Women Say DIY Abortion Can Be Empowering
The pro-choice movement has portrayed non-clinic abortion as a last resort. But some women are trying to change that image.

Emily Shugerman
01.04.19

The image provokes both fear and fury: a wire coat hanger, spattered with blood, symbolizing the drastic measures women may take when abortion access is limited.

Whoopi Goldberg brandished one on stage at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, urging the younger generation to remember what their forebears used. Protesters at the 1989 March for Women's Equality carried a giant replica, stained red, through the streets of Washington D.C. like a macabre parade float. And the symbol has been ubiquitous since Donald Trump’s election, popping up at marches, in the pages of glossy magazines, and on this site.

The imagery makes Jill Adams, founder of the Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, shake her head.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-back-alley-these-women-say-diy-abortion-can-be-empowering?ref=scroll

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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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USA – Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail

Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail
What to expect when you’re expecting your abortifacient pill delivery

Olga Khazan
July 18, 2018

With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger.

During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/after-abortion-is-illegal/565430/

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Abortion robots confiscated by police for distributing pills at Belfast protest

Abortion robots confiscated by police for distributing pills at Belfast protest

Anthony Cuthbertson
May 31, 2018

Two robots delivering abortion pills at a protest in Belfast have been confiscated by police.

The robots were part of an initiative by the group Women on Waves, who claimed that the country's "mediaeval" anti-abortion laws were being broken because the so-called abortion robots were being operated from the Netherlands.

"We try to find legal loopholes to draw attention to laws that violate women's rights," Rebecca Gomperts, a spokesperson for Women on Waves, told The Independent.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/abortion-robot-belfast-protest-northern-ireland-pills-deliver-a8377591.html

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Taking abortion pills distributed at Belfast pro-choice rally may lead to arrest, warn police

Taking abortion pills distributed at Belfast pro-choice rally may lead to arrest, warn police

By Victoria Leonard
May 31 2018

Pregnant women who take abortion pills delivered by a pro-choice organisation’s ‘abortion robot’ outside a Belfast courthouse this afternoon could face charges, the PSNI has warned.

The robot will be on the so-called Bus4Choice run by social feminist organisation Rosa NI with the support of web-based abortion pills provider Women on Web and Women on Waves.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/taking-abortion-pills-distributed-at-belfast-prochoice-rally-may-lead-to-arrest-warn-police-36963415.html

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Abortion Robots will deliver abortion pills in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Abortion Robots will deliver abortion pills in Belfast, Northern Ireland

May 30, 2018

Abortion robots will deliver abortion pills to women in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 31 st. With the robot the abortion pills can be supplied to women Northern Ireland without breaking the law because the robot is operated from the Netherlands. A few days ago Ireland has voted to legalise abortion. Northern Ireland cannot continue to violate women's rights.

The action is a collaboration between Women on Waves, Women on Web and ROSA Northern Ireland to call attention to the restrictive abortion laws and the prosecution of women in Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/7085/abortion-robots-will-deliver-abortion-pills-in-belfast--northern-ireland

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Ireland – Five women a day seek online abortion pills, study finds

Five women a day seek online abortion pills, study finds
Ruth Coppinger TD said the medication is an ‘escape valve’ without which there would be deaths.

May 1, 2018

Campaigners have said five women a day in Ireland seek abortion pills online.

Ruth Coppinger TD said the state is “delighted” about this as without this “escape valve” women would die.

She spoke at a press conference in Dublin ahead of a briefing for senators and TDs.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/five-women-a-day-seek-online-abortion-pills-study-finds-36863573.html

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