Abortion

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Throughout human history, pregnant people have sought ways to safely end their pregnancies and control their fertility. Today, the most common methods are in-clinic abortions and FDA-approved abortion pills, also known as medication abortion. Access to safe and affordable abortion care improves economic, social, and health outcomes. Yet misinformation is common and abortion opponents work hard to raise medically unnecessary barriers to abortion care. Get the facts on abortion.

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Tell the FDA: Permanently lift the restrictions on mifepristone

Pregnant people who seek safe and effective FDA-approved abortion pills are required by the FDA  to get the pills from a small group of clinicians. Other restrictions that required pregnant patient to pick up the pills in person are temporarily on hold during the pandemic, but could be reinstated as the country recovers from the public health emergency

We’re calling on the FDA to permanently lift these restrictions and let pregnant people receive the abortion pill through the mail so that they can get the pill where they take the pill!

Health Info

Medication abortion is the method of safely and effectively inducing a miscarriage using FDA-approved abortion pills. Medication abortion can be used to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks from the first day of your last period.

The emotional experiences of a medication abortion and a spontaneously occurring miscarriage may be very different. There’s no right or wrong way to feel! But the physical process, risks, warning signs, potential complications, and treatments are the same.

Policy Updates

The FDA says pregnant people can meet with their doctors remotely and have their abortion at home — but first, they must travel during a global pandemic just to pick up their pills.

Abortion with pills, also called medication abortion, is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy by inducing miscarriage. When pregnant people visit the doctor for an abortion using pills, they are most often prescribed two different drugs, to be taken 1-2 days apart.

At a time when so many states are choosing to take care options away from women, California state legislators are positioned to lead the fight to expand access to reproductive care by making medication abortion available at student health centers on campus for the first time.

Women should not have to see a doctor, or “get permission” from the medical community, before ending their pregnancy with safe and effective FDA-approved medications.

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What happened, what the NWHN is doing about it, and how you can help.

The NWHN applauds President Biden for excluding the Hyde Amendment from his budget proposal. But we must stay vigilant. The Weldon Amendment and the Helms Amendment pose similar dangers to abortion access.

The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network. Contact: Evita Almassi, ealmassi@nwhn.org or 425-749-1886 The FDA announced that it is reviewing its restrictions on mifepristone, a medication used for miscarriage...

Late last night, the FDA announced that, effective immediately, both medication abortion and miscarriage patients would be able to access mifepristone via delivery from their providers or through mail-order pharmacies. This tremendous victory will ensure that patients and providers are...

Safe and effective FDA-approved abortion pills (aka medication abortion) are now available by mail in several states — without an in-person clinic visit.

Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s medically unjustified requirement that people travel to a certified facility simply to pick up abortion pills that they are then allowed to safely take at home.

On September 28 — the 20th anniversary of FDA’s approval of the abortion pill — we held a socially distanced protest in front of FDA headquarters and delivered the names of all 12,000+ of our petition signers.

In brazen disregard of their own stated principles, Senate Republicans are ramming through an illegitimate Court nomination with the election on the line.

The NWHN applauds the recent decision by District Court Judge Theodore Chuang to allow pregnant people to receive medication abortion care through telehealth, including receiving mifepristone through the mail.