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

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

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

Is Medication Abortion a Safe Option to End an Unintended Pregnancy

We’ve been surrounded by news stories about women being penalized for wanting to end their pregnancy by taking pills. Can you tell me more about medication abortion? Is it a safe option for ending an unwanted pregnancy?   Women decide to have an abortion for a variety of reasons. It is important for all women … 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

FDA is on the road to getting it right on abortion care

I still remember how I felt when I saw the sign warning of potential traffic jams due to a special event at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was early morning on July 19, 1996, and four NWHN colleagues and I were on the way to attend the FDA Advisory Committee meeting about mifepristone … Continued

Keep The Pressure ON!

Last week, in a huge win for the Network and women, the FDA approved changes to the drug label on mifepristone, which is the medication used in early abortions.  The Network has championed this change for many years—and this victory has been possible because of supporters like you. Among the changes to the evidence-based label … Continued

BIG News from the FDA Today!

Today, the FDA announced major (and long overdue!) changes to the Mifeprex® (medication abortion pill) label. Since its approval in 2000, medication abortion has proven to be an extremely safe and effective option to end an early pregnancy. During the past 15 years, doctors and researchers have been endorsing a more modern, evidence-based regimen than … Continued