Online abortion services 'alternative to unsafe methods'

Online abortion services 'alternative to unsafe methods'

The researchers studied the self-reported outcomes of 1,000 women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who obtained abortion pills online through Women on Web, an online non-profit that provides medication abortion to women up to 10 weeks gestation in parts of the world where access to safe and legal abortion is restricted or non-existent. The organization provides pills, even illegally, to women seeking an early abortion in more than 140 countries where access to abortion is restricted.

"The greatest risk women face when using online pills in this way is not a medical one, but a legal one". On the other hand, at-home abortion using online telemedicine could be a preference for some women, and future conversations about abortion access in the United States should focus on expanding the range of options available to provide the best possible care for each individual. They were then provided with a prescription for mifepristone and misoprostol, the two medications that, taken together, make up what is generally known as the "abortion pill".

Experts say the study underscores the safety of medical abortion, and highlights that women who go on to experience symptoms of possible complications do follow advice to seek medical help at clinics or hospitals.

Early medical abortion provided through online telemedicine was highly effective for women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, researchers reported.

The final version of Labour's general election manifesto includes a watered-down pledge to work with the Northern Ireland Assembly on abortion.

It is no riskier for women to carry out an abortion with pills bought online than it is to get them from the doctor's under supervision, a new study has found. Now a study claims that taking the tablets at home after an online consultation with a doctor is just as safe as an abortion supervised by a medic.

"Here in the United States, we owe it to vulnerable women as well as their unborn children to conduct neutral, national reporting on abortion pill complications and restore strict FDA regulation of these unsafe drugs", he said. Women on Web also provided the women with real-time instructions and support from doctors.

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'Our current laws are irresponsible, cowardly and lazy. "If the woman is farther along than she thinks, she runs a higher risk of complications and hospitalization", she said.

As Canadian women would not need to access global online services, such as those offered by Women on Web, Norman says the physician could be in the nearest large city.

Nearly 95 per cent of the women reported successfully ending their pregnancy without surgical intervention, such as vacuum aspiration.

In their editorial, Norman and Dickens also state that while repealing legal restrictions for Irish women would be the safest and most equitable, telemedicine can offer a "reasonable alternative" in the interim. In the last few years, women have been prosecuted for doing their own abortions at home through online telemedicine. Less than one per cent said they needed a blood transfusion after, and three per cent needed antibiotics.

Yet, the study was limited in that almost a third of the 1,636 women who initially contacted WoW during the study period didn't reach out to the organization again.

The research relied on self-reporting from the women who sought an abortion, a potential limitation in assessing the program's effectiveness. The rates of adverse events were low and women were able to identify any symptoms of complications.

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