Here's why self-managed abortion is a great option while the US is dealing with the Corona virus
You don't need to go to a doctor or a hospital to take abortion pills.
In case you didn't know, the Coronavirus has made its way into the United States. (This is our favorite piece of advice on the matter.) While organizations cancel events, people work from home, schools close, and officials advise avoiding public transportation, health care like abortion may become even more challenging to access. And because more people will be at home for long periods of time, unintended pregnancies are bound to happen, as they run out of birth control, can't access more, or are in close quarters with abusive partners who limit or prevent them from using birth control in the first place.
You don't need to go to a doctor or a hospital to take abortion pills. In spite of what abortion stigma (and the restrictions it results in) would have us believe, abortion pills are safe, which means you can absolutely take them at home, or in a place where you feel secure. Not being able to access a clinic doesn't have to prevent you from getting abortion care. You definitely, however, should have a plan in place for taking the pills, which should include having:
- Time and space to experience bleeding, cramping, and the side effects of the pills
- Ibuprofen (not aspirin - it aggravates bleeding) for pain
- Anti nausea medicine if you're worried about vomiting up the pills
- Someone you trust and can call for emotional and/or physical support
- A plan to get to medical care, should you experience complications. Ideally, medical care will be one or two hours away.
The pieces of this plan may actually be easier to execute during the suggested protocol for Coronavirus. For example, if you're asked to work from home, or your college classes are cancelled, you can take abortion pills without having to take time off from work or school. People you might call on for support may also be more available. You should definitely stock up on ibuprofen as soon as possible, since folks who are panicking are clearing the shelves of essential items (which is not advised).
While abortion pills make for a great option in a crisis situation of any kind, for many people, they're a first choice for abortion care, and not a last resort. Some folks are more comfortable taking the pills when and where they decide, rather than having a medical procedure done by a doctor in a clinical setting. There are no bad reasons to use abortion pills, just like there are no bad reasons to get abortions.
If you have questions about how to get abortion pills, how they work, what to expect, and more, check out the FAQs on our website. We trust you to make the best decisions for yourself.