Safe Abortion Using Pills - National Network of Abortion Funds

Safe Abortion Using Pills

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If you or someone you know is being investigated, detained, arrested, or concerned they might be questioned by law enforcement or other government agents for having an abortion or a pregnancy loss, contact the Repro Legal Helpline.

For more information about abortion with pills, check out Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported.

Today, people can safely and effectively manage their abortion on their own terms, with or without an abortion provider or clinic. There are many reasons one might prefer to end their own pregnancy;it allows for control — of the experience, the location and the timing.

Everyone should be able to choose the option that works best for them, whether that is care with a provider in-person  or through telemedicine, or by self-managing their abortion. Some people already obtain and use abortion pills on their own, only seeking medical help in the rare circumstance that they experience complications. It is important to note that some people in the United States who have chosen this option have been investigated or prosecuted by law enforcement for doing so, including some people who were reported by people they confided in, including family, friends, neighbors, and hospital staff.

Anti-abortion politicians are standing in the way of all types of safe, effective, affordable methods of abortion care. Lawmakers have passed hundreds of anti-abortion laws in the past decade; in 2021 alone, US states set a record for the most abortion restrictions enacted in one year. These laws make abortion increasingly inaccessible and unaffordable – if not impossible to obtain. They have shut down clinics while attempting to shame and punish people who have abortions.

In many states, politicians have imposed regulations that create barriers to the use of medication abortion specifically, as well as to safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable abortion services generally. The regulations often prohibit qualified providers from providing services, misinform people of the risks of the procedures they are considering, overrule patients’ and clinicians’ medical decision making, or require medically unnecessary services and delays in care. 

We affirm the autonomy of all people to self-determine their reproductive lives, including whether and how to keep or end a pregnancy without fear of discrimination, harassment, violence, or criminalization, and what methods are best for them.

Resources about self-managed abortion

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If you or someone you know is being investigated, detained, arrested, or concerned they might be questioned by law enforcement or other government agents for having an abortion or a pregnancy loss, contact the Repro Legal Helpline.
  • If a person is targeted by law enforcement for ending their own pregnancy, the Repro Legal Defense Fund provides financial support for posting bail and securing defense counsel.
  • Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported (SASS) provides information and support around self-managed abortion, to ensure that self-managed abortions are as medically and legally safe as possible (Available in English & Spanish).
  • The M+A Hotline can be reached by phone or text and will connect a person to physicians who can provide expert advice on self-managing  miscarriage or abortion.
  • The Reprocare Healthline provides medical information and peer-based emotional support for planning or having an abortion with pills at home. (Available in English and Spanish by phone call or text).
  • Euki App is the first app of its kind to offer sexual and reproductive health information and tools to track what’s going on with your body in one place AND on a totally private and secure platform. The app is especially for people in the United States, but much of the information is relevant to people all over the world.
  • The SAFE Study includes data on the effectiveness and safety of self-managed medication abortion with accompaniment support (Available in English and Spanish).

For more information about abortion with pills, check out Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported.

For more information on criminalization of pregnancy outcomes, visit If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.

If you or someone you know is being investigated, detained, arrested, or concerned they might be questioned by law enforcement or other government agents for having an abortion or a pregnancy loss, contact the Repro Legal Helpline.