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 information on abortion.

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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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There are two abortion methods currently available: a procedure performed in an office or clinic, or an abortion brought on by taking FDA-approved medication. Both methods are safe and effective for ending a pregnancy.

Over 40 years after Jane folded when abortion was legalized, its echoes continue to reverberate. But the right to an abortion has never stopped being under attack.

The NWHN defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care.

The Guttmacher Institute recently published a report concluding that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Each method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended...

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. Updated: Oct 1, 2018

In 2013, the Texas state legislature enacted House Bill 2 (HB 2), one of the most draconian anti-abortion measures in the country. Among other provisions, it applied hospital-like building codes to any clinic providing abortion services, and required doctors who...

Opponents of reproductive choice have spent years attempting to frighten women by spreading misinformation about a non-existent link between having an abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no evidence of such a link, and no research...

It’s been another strange week in American presidential politics with the disturbing news that a foreign dictator may be attempting to influence our election. But what you may have missed in the news coverage of the Democratic National Convention was...

The first of the two major party national conventions got underway this week but amidst the high-profile coverage of plagiarism and party in-fighting, you might have missed what the New York Times Editorial Board named “the most extreme Republican platform...

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