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Self-Managed Abortion Is Medically Very Safe. But Is It Legally Safe?

Between 1969 and 1973, feminists in Chicago with no formal medical training formed an underground abortion service called Jane that performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions. Today, as many states increasingly restrict medical professionals’ ability to offer abortion, women are once again finding ways to access safe abortion on their own. A big difference between the two eras, however, is abortion pills—mifepristone and misoprostol—that can simply, safely and effectively end a pregnancy at home, with or without medical supervision.

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