Unsafe abortion leads to 47,000 deaths and 5 million disabilities worldwide each year. One organization wants to help cut these numbers by giving online advice and counseling and, for some women, sending out medical abortion supplies they can’t get hold of at home.
Written by Christine Chung
Published on August 15, 2016
Every year there are an estimated 22 million unsafe abortions resulting in some 47,000 women dying and another 5 million women suffering from disabilities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One of the factors that could help prevent these deaths and disabilities is “legal induced abortion and care for complications of abortion,” says the WHO. But in many countries restrictive laws force women to turn to unsafe methods to end their pregnancies.
Launched 10 years ago by Dutch physician and activist Rebecca Gomperts, the Women on Web project based in the Netherlands tries to help women around the world access safe abortion services by sharing information, giving counseling and – in places where it’s needed and possible – sending the medical abortion drugs misoprostol and mifepristone through the mail for women to use at home.
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