Over the past two decades, scientific and medical advances have revolutionized how people can experience and get an abortion. Medication abortion — safe and effective abortion with pills — is one of these major steps forward. Many choose abortion pills because they feel it is less invasive and the abortion can happen at home.
Today, people can safely and effectively manage their abortion on their own terms, without an abortion provider or clinic, if they choose. Everyone should be able to choose the option that works best for them, whether that is care with a provider at a clinic or self-managing their abortion.
ABOUT MEDICATION ABORTION
Medication abortion is an FDA-approved method to end a pregnancy. Medication abortion consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.
The pills are so safe and effective that some people already obtain and use them on their own, despite the legal and logistical barriers, only seeking medical help in the rare circumstance that they experience complications.
Scientific studies have found that people who self-manage using pills with accurate information are able to do so safely and effectively.
Misoprostol can also be taken safely on its own. Though slightly less effective, it can be far less expensive and more accessible in restricted contexts.
These medications can be provided along with instructions about how and when to take the pills, what to expect, and possible side effects. Just like with other health issues that we treat on our own, if someone faces a rare or unexpected side effect, they seek medical attention.