Abortion

Get the facts on how to safely end a pregnancy and join our fight to lift barriers to access.

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!

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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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When a woman in Idaho, who had taken drugs that she ordered over the Internet to end her unintended pregnancy, told a friend about what she experienced, she ended up under arrest, charged with a felony for having an illegal...

The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) was founded in 1975, at a time when many women’s health activists felt encouraged by the changes they saw in reproductive health care. The organization’s early years coincided with the start of the modern...

This year there have been unprecedented attacks on abortion access in the states. Despite substantial public outcry, targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws have passed in Texas — after the famous, 13-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis —...

In January, the U.S. women’s health movement celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to legal abortion. In the decades since Roe, health activists have focused on advocating for reproductive justice, which demands that...

“Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing...

Billboards, Women of Color, and Politics

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Accentuated and airbrushed, often young and Caucasian, female body parts are displayed on billboards throughout the U.S. as a staple marketing technique to attract consumers’ attention and dollars.

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