How Medication Abortion Changes the Narrative of Self-Managed Abortions

By Tessa Ruff “I have had transmasculine patients who have told me they would not feel comfortable seeking an abortion in a clinic—a waiting room full of female-identified people can be triggering. I have had a patient tell me that taking any more time off of work would risk them getting fired or that finding … Continued

Crossing the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice

By Negar Esfandiari and Madelyn McKeague When we think of reproductive justice, our minds tend to gravitate towards subjects like abortion rights, maternal health, and access to birth control. In Trump’s America, it’s become easy to manufacture divisions among different advocacy issues simply because everyone is fighting to make their communities visible in the face … Continued

Abortion with Pills vs. Miscarriage: Demystifying the Experience

In the United States, pregnant people are often culturally discouraged from revealing their pregnancies in the first trimester and may discuss their miscarriages or abortions with their closest friends or family members, creating a veil of secrecy and shame around a very normal part of human reproduction. Fake women’s health clinics (sometimes referred to as “crisis … Continued

Pregnant and Scared? How fake clinics prey on women

You’ve probably seen ads for “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs, also called “pregnancy resource centers”), those fake clinics designed to appear like real comprehensive reproductive health clinics. Sometimes they set up right next to real clinics, mimicking the real clinic’s name and logo. They advertise under “abortion services,” burying in fine print that they don’t really … Continued

Let Women Get the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone) from Pharmacies

In exciting news this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an effort to remove medically unnecessary barriers and make medication abortion more accessible. Since its approval in France in 1987, scientists and doctors have known that medication abortion, also called abortion with pills, is a safe and … Continued

An NWHN Event to Remember!

Last week, The National Women’s Health Network was proud to host the 10th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health. Supporters and members of the National Women’s Health Network celebrated the Network’s recent achievements and recognized the work of two remarkable women, Susan F. Wood and Renee Bracey Sherman. Board Member, Zipatly Mendoza … Continued

Abortion Without Provider Involvement!

When I looked up the word “autonomy” in the Webster’s dictionary, it was defined as the right to self-government. Nowhere near that word did I find Democrat or Republican or any other political party affiliation. For years, anti-choice politicians have made it their mission to decrease a woman’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare options.  This … Continued

Abortion with Pills (Medication Abortion): Health Information

We know that abortion is an extremely safe and effective option for people who do not want to remain pregnant. We also know that access to safe and affordable abortion care improves economic, social, and health outcomes. Despite this, there is a lot of misinformation in the media regarding abortion. Anti-choice politicians conflate emergency contraception … Continued

RX for Change: Jane’s History Resonates

When I decided to write The Story of Jane, a history of Chicago’s underground, feminist abortion service that operated before Roe v. Wade, I had a few goals in mind: first, the Abortion Counseling service, aka Jane, was an important piece of the women’s movement’s history that needed to be better known. I also thought … Continued