Increasing Access to Abortion Care
In the face of increasing threats to reproductive freedom — including the recent Supreme Court decision ending constitutional protections for the right to abortion — Our Bodies Ourselves continues to advocate for the right of all pregnant people to decide whether to continue a pregnancy.
Abortion pills – a combination of the medications mifepristone and misoprostol – are a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy. Many people go to their healthcare providers or to a clinic such as Planned Parenthood to get a medication (non-surgical) abortion, but increasingly, U.S. laws and politics are making it more difficult to do so.
When abortion is restricted and not easily available, people are forced to travel long distances, take off time from work, and pay for transportation, accommodations, and childcare. As clinic-based options dwindle in parts of the country, access to medication abortion becomes even more critical.
We are currently working with a number of close colleagues in the legal field and at Plan C to develop strategies for expanding both awareness of and access to medication abortion. In particular we are focused on spreading the word that people in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and most U.S. territories, can make an online consultation with an abortion care provider and get abortion pills delivered through the U.S. mail.