Self-Managed Early Abortion Care Is Now Accessible Online in the US

Self-Managed Early Abortion Care Is Now Accessible Online in the US

23-10-18 03:52:00,


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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.

Elisa S. Wells, co-director of the medication abortion advocacy group Plan C, told Rewire.News that from the organization’s perspective, “Aid Access’ medically-supported and affordable model of early abortion care is helping to address severe access restrictions in the United States while also responding to what we know those seeking abortion care want — convenience, confidentiality, and control.”

Plan C recently released a report card scoring Aid Access favorably on price, quality, and physician oversight.

The site has helped around 600 women access abortion pills in the United States in the few months since it was launched, said Dutch physician Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who founded Aid Access and helped more than 75,000 women access pills around the world via the Women on Waves and Women on Web websites. The response has been overwhelming, she told Rewire.News. They include heartfelt notes from a woman with three disabled children who “cannot financially or emotionally support one more child”; a woman who was drugged, raped, and struggling to raise one child; and another who does not have a vehicle or a driver’s license to get to the nearest abortion clinic three hours away.

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