Here’s how Texas women are getting around the most extreme abortion ban in the nation
By TESSA STUART
September 16, 2021
In the 21st century, you can order an abortion online. “It can be done without ever leaving your home,” says Elisa Wells, co-director of the organization Plan C, which provides information and instructions about how to self-manage an abortion. “You go online. You have either a virtual consultation or an e-visit — that’s just done by filling in a form and chatting with the provider. And then they mail the pills to your home…No need to take time off from work. No need to encounter protesters.” And no need, if you live in the state of Texas, to expose anyone to the threat of a lawsuit under the state’s medieval new abortion ban.
It's time to talk about self-managed abortion care as a safe alternative in Canada — and the legal risks involved.
BY JULIANNE STEVENSON & JENNIFER TAYLOR
16 SEP 2021
The new Texas law that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy is obviously horrific. It also proves that legal protection for abortion — which we think of as relatively robust in Canada — is more fragile than it seems. But this tragic moment presents an opportunity to reframe our thinking around abortion. That is, we should think of abortion not just in relation to the law, but as something that can happen safely at home in appropriate circumstances, without direct medical supervision or state involvement.
Inspired by the work of scholars like Prof. Joanna Erdman, we believe self-managed abortion (SMA) needs to become a more mainstream part of the abortion conversation in Canada. As part of that conversation, it’s important to evaluate some of the legal risks involved — because, while the law shouldn’t always dictate how we think about abortion, we can’t ignore it either.
By Samantha Schmidt and Sammy Westfall
Sept 14, 2021
In the 1980s, women in Brazil began spreading the word about a pill used to treat ulcers. Sold over the counter, the drug carried a warning: Don’t use during pregnancy; risk of miscarriage.
It flew off the shelves. Hundreds of thousands of women, desperate for abortions in a country where the procedure was criminalized, now had an option.
Pro-choice groups and health experts have expressed split opinions on whether to conduct a bridging trial of Mifegymiso (ingredient: mifepristone/misoprostol), an abortion drug that will arrive in Korea soon.
A bridging trial aims to obtain clinical data for Koreans when it is difficult to apply foreign clinical trial results due to differences in ethnic factors.
By Melissa Cunningham
August 30, 2021
Surgical terminations have dropped in Australia in recent years as an increasing number of women instead choose to take an abortion pill early in their pregnancy.
A new study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, for the first time examines abortion rates nationally since two oral medications – mifepristone and misoprostol – were added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in 2013.
The science is clear: abortion by medication is safe and effective
By Kelly Cleland
on August 21, 2021
The pandemic has shown us that it’s time to change the way we get health care and that essential health care, including abortion, has always been out of reach for far too many. As we look ahead to the future of care, the science is clear: medication abortion care is safe and effective, and it’s past time to remove the restrictions on it. Now, actions from the FDA and new research show us that removing the restrictions on medication abortion care has the potential to expand access for many people who need care. The July 2021 special issue of the journal Contraception focuses on the restrictions on medication abortion, mifepristone, including its impacts on safety and efficacy, access to abortion, and burdens on patients and providers.
Tuesday 17 August 2021
In 2020, the total number of abortions performed in the UK reached a record high of 210,860. Most of these – 47 per cent– were early abortions, carried out during the pandemic by women in their own homes, using pills posted to them after a teleconsultation with a doctor.
Prior to the pandemic, those seeking an early abortion could be forgiven for feeling that they were being made to jump through hoops.
By Dr Nirali Kapoor
15 Aug 2021
Everyday 13 women die in India due to causes related to unsafe abortion. Each year almost 6.4 million pregnancies are terminated. Unsafe abortion, the country’s third leading cause of maternal death, accounts for 8% of all such deaths each year.
Even though unsafe abortion is very dangerous and expensive, for several different reasons, women resort to it. Abortion is correlated with unintended pregnancy, economic status, low education and living in deprived neighborhoods.
August 10, 2021
Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, Jordan A. Parsons, Thomas Hampton
As a result of the pandemic, the governments in England, Scotland and Wales temporarily relaxed abortion rules in March 2020. This means that, in every part of the UK except for Northern Ireland, people early in pregnancy can to take abortion pills at home following a telephone consultation. But with COVID restrictions largely eased across the UK, there’s uncertainty over whether this will still be allowed.
Before the pandemic, for an early medical abortion to be legal in Great Britain people had to go to a clinic where they were given two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill had to be taken under supervision, while misoprostol was taken later at home.
The Argentinian government must continue to dismantle barriers women face in accessing safe abortion.
Mariela Belski, Executive director of Amnesty International Argentina
9 Aug 2021
In recent months, Argentinians have had access to legal abortion for the first time. In December, Argentina became the fourth in Latin America to legalise abortion after the National Congress passed the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy Law.
Securing this right for women and pregnant persons was a milestone achievement and the culmination of decades of struggle, setbacks and progress. Now, new challenges emerge: the effective implementation of the law across a vast and unequal territory and the legal battles filed by conservative groups in the nation’s courts.