Self-Managed Abortion: Now in the USA!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 blog Share

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Self-managed Abortion; Safe and Supported is a new project to provide information and support to women in the USA around self managed abortion, to reduce any negative health impact associated with unsafe abortion methods, and to ensure that self-managed abortions are medically and legally as safe as possible.

In the U.S., abortion is legal in every state, and every state has at least one clinic that provides abortion care (although many of these clinics are threatened every day!). However, in many states the law requires that abortion pills be given by licensed health care clinicians, and a woman may be arrested for using abortion pills that were not obtained through a clinician.

We know that restrictive laws do not cause any reduction in the amount of abortions performed. Illegality only increases the likelihood that women will resort to unsafe services, putting their lives in danger. SASS provides information around self-managed abortion - but SASS is more than an information service. SASS is also an advocacy and research project and will raise the overall visibility of the safety and prevalence of women choosing to do their own abortions without a clinician involved and create evidence for advocacy. 

Want to know more? Check us out at - and spread the word!