Plan C will be presenting at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8th at 10:30a.
Self-sourced abortion: How consumers, technology, and the global marketplace are opening new avenues of abortion access in the United States
As our political and legislative climate increasingly threatens to restrict abortion access and the cost of clinical services remains out of reach for many, those who need abortions are finding other ways to get them—often doing it themselves using abortion pills they self-source online or through other means. Two technologies are largely responsible for this: abortion pills (mifepristone plus misoprostol), which are easily self-administered and offer a high degree of safety and effectiveness, and the internet, which offers easy connections to information and the global pharmaceutical marketplace. This panel will describe the current landscape of online self-sourced abortion in the United States, research on women’s perspectives about self-sourcing abortion, legal considerations regarding self-induced abortion, and efforts to reframe abortion pills as a user controlled method and democratize information about this option for early abortion care.
Moderator: Francine Coeytaux, MPH
Abigail Aiken, MD, MPH, PhD, Self-sourced abortion: Women’s experiences accessing and using abortion medications outside the formal healthcare setting in the United States
Elisa Wells, MPH, Self-sourced abortion: The changing landscape of mail order abortion in the United States
Farah Diaz-Tello, J.D., Self-sourced abortion: Building the Scaffolding, Bearing the Shields - the Work of Lawyers in Supporting Self-Induced Abortion
Victoria Nichols, Self-sourced abortion: Reframing medical abortion pills as “Plan C”, an early abortion technology for self-use