Abortion self-care

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We are committed to supporting a woman’s right to have an abortion using pills—on her own, when and where she wants—and to pursuing new models of self-care that meet women’s wants and needs.

Abortion self-care is an abortion with pills without a prescription, with or without the involvement of a health provider. Abortion self-care is on the rise globally due to the increasing availability of simple, safe, highly effective medications that meet people’s need for safe abortion on their own terms. Research and evidence show that women can safely and effectively self-manage an abortion with pills when they have accurate information about the dosing regimen and when to seek treatment for complications.

We work to generate new evidence, share knowledge and explore clinical and regulatory questions within this rapidly evolving area so that, ultimately, women have the resources, support and care they need to manage their reproductive lives. We work in communities to train clinical and non-clinical providers who are already supporting women in abortion self-care to use the safest methods. And we tackle legal barriers to abortion self-care, including laws that criminalize it.

How to safely self-manage an abortion with pills

Reliable, evidence-based information that gives women control over their own bodies and reproductive choices.

Illustration of two women looking at pill information on a mobile phone

Abortion pills without doctor visits temporarily legal in U.S

A federal court ruled that U.S. doctors can dispense the abortion drug mifepristone remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, so that people needing early abortion care don’t have to risk exposure to COVID-19 by fulfilling the requirement to visit a doctor in person to pick up the pills and sign a form. The American Civil Liberties Union, which led a coalition of medical experts and reproductive rights advocates who brought the case, said: “We look forward to a day when … this medically baseless requirement is lifted once and for all.”

Ipas videos on abortion with pills attract almost a million views

Ipas Central America and Mexico (Ipas CAM) created two informational videos in Spanish on how women can safely self-manage an abortion using pills. The unexpected popularity of the videos shows just how badly this information is needed.

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“These women—on their own and without a prescription from a doctor—got misoprostol, and they went home and had a safe abortion.”

An Ipas study in Nigeria provides more evidence that people can safely manage their own abortions.

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Self-managing abortions safely

Vinoj Manning, Executive Director of Ipas Development Foundation in India, writes about Indian women’s use of abortion with pills and how to break down the barriers they face.

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