DISCLAIMER: Army of Jane makes no claims as to the safety of abortions performed at home and acknowledges that, much like carrying a pregnancy to term, terminating a pregnancy at home can put one at risk for injury, long-term illness or even death.
We’ve all seen the news. We know that Roe v Wade is at risk, especially since the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite every call to find someone qualified without a past that includes being a misogynistic sexual predator or a fundamentalist drone. Of course, with both of them also being pro-forced birth, the presidential regime that hurried them into power knew exactly what they were doing when they allowed this to happen, and now we are paying the price. More specifically, cis-women and girls, trans men, non-binary and anyone else who harbors a fertile uterus is now potentially paying the price of forced birth while cis-born men and women who cater to them are working the system steadfastly and with great financial backing in order to call the shots on what rights women do and do not have when it comes to body autonomy.
Aid Access supports all those at risk of unwanted pregnancy – women, non-binary, trans men, ANYONE – who are not able to access abortion services locally. If you are healthy and less than 9 weeks pregnant, you can do the online consultation. A doctor will review your consultation and refer you to a trustworthy pharmacy in India where you can obtain the abortion pills. The helpdesk and doctor will be available to answer any question before, during and after the abortion process. An abortion with pills can be done safely at home as long as you have good information and access to emergency care (you need to live within one hour of a hospital) in the rare case of complications. We advise you to use local abortion services if at all possible.
Once your consultation is complete and you are deemed a good candidate for terminating your pregnancy at home, the necessary pills are mailed from India to your home for a fee of $95 (Aid Access says they’ll find ways to help people who can’t pay).
The two medications — mifepristone and misoprostol — work in combination by inducing a miscarriage in pregnancies under 10 weeks along. The drugs are standard in the US — approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use early in pregnancy — and around the world. They’re also considered essential medicines by the World Health Organization, meaning they’re supposed to be available to people in all functioning health systems at all times.
If taken before 9 weeks, mifepristone and misoprostol in conjunction with each other are up to 98 percent effective. Failed abortion is rare when women use these drugs as directed. PLEASE NOTE: These drugs are not effective in the termination of an ectopic pregnancy.
The potential side effects are most commonly cramping, abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, and gastrointestinal discomfort. While more serious complications are rare, the possibility is real and should not be dismissed. Complications include hemorrhage, infection, or fatal sepsis, which is why this organization will only administer the drugs to women who are within an hour’s transport to a hospital.
Is this legal?
The answer to this is different depending on who you ask and where you live. There are seven states that have criminal statutes that directly prohibit self-managed abortion. Abortion rights advocates have argued these are illegitimate and unconstitutional.
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