Abortion by mail in the United States
Once only possible through shady websites with no real promise of safety, a new service now makes it safer and easier than ever to get abortion drugs by mail to the United States.
Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of Women on the Web—An international organization that provides sure, drugs that induce miscarriages by mail – has launched a similar service in the United States. As reported through Atlantic, the organization is called Access to help. It’s exactly like Women on Web, except it ships to addresses in the United States. For $ 95, people looking for a safe, at-home medical abortion can have the drug shipped directly. Aid Access also helps provide financial assistance to anyone who cannot afford the service.
Aid Access checks each person’s eligibility through a quick online process to make sure they are not more than nine weeks pregnant (the drug is less effective after this time). And like the Atlantic reports, Gomperts, who is a doctor, fills every prescription for misoprostol and mifepristone himself. When taken correctly, these two drugs are at least 96 percent effective to induce an abortion at nine weeks or earlier. And complications are rare …less than 0.4 percent of people who have medical abortions suffer from serious complications, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Similar to Women on Web, the pills shipped by Aid Access come with instructions, and Gomperts makes himself available to answer questions by phone or Skype. Although experts say this service is very safe, anyone who suffers from heavy bleeding is advised to go to the hospital and report that they are having a miscarriage.
The Gomperts said Atlantic that she had not previously worked in the United States because she feared the American anti-abortion movement would shut down the service. She said she only started doing it now because she was “inundated with requests from women in countries like the United States, where abortion is technically legal but increasingly difficult to do. access”.
As Gomperts says Atlantic, everything Aid Access does is technically legal: US citizens can import drugs for personal use, according to the FDA, and Gomperts has prescriptions filled by a pharmacy in India.
There has been a growing interest in telemedicine for abortion, or a service where doctors consult patients over the phone and send them medication to a remote location, avoiding a trip to a clinic that can be at times. But current FDA regulations still require people to be in a medical center for the administration of the first pill, making telemedicine abortion still impossible in the United States.
“I hope the FDA will look at the science behind this and make an evidence-based decision,” said Dr. Daniel Grossman, physician and abortion pill safety researcher. said to Los Angeles Times about abortion pills being so tightly regulated. “It shouldn’t be a political decision. It should be based on science, which has very clearly shown that this is a very safe drug, safer than those who don’t have this restriction.”
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