Mail-order abortion seems like a simple, convenient way to have an abortion. “Take the pills and then you will be on your way.” While it sounds easy, there are many risks to ordering the abortion pill online – and physical risks to women who take the two drugs involved in the process.
You deserve to know the facts before making up your mind on mail-order abortion. Be informed so you can make a confident decision for your future.
What to Know About Mail-Order Abortion
Mail-order abortion is legal in some states and prohibited in others. The FDA made a new ruling this year where women can be prescribed abortion medication through telemedicine and receive them by mail. Though this is in effect – there is still an ongoing legal battle about the safety of this new ruling.
1. The Risks of the Abortion Pill
The abortion pill (also known as medication abortion) is what’s sent to you with mail-order abortion. The abortion pill process actually consists of two different drugs: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Both work together to terminate an existing pregnancy. It’s important to note that medication abortion is only for women who are 10 weeks pregnant or earlier.
Women experience different side effects of the abortion pill as every woman’s body reacts differently. The Mayo Clinic shares common risks of the abortion pill, including…
- Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Digestive system discomfort
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
2. The Risks of Mail-Order Abortion
There are safety guards put in place for a reason with medication abortion. There are major risks to mail-order abortion, including…
- The unverified chemicals that could be in the abortion pills from online
- The lack of a pre-abortion screening process – putting women’s health in danger
- The unverified dosage (could lead to an incomplete abortion and life-threatening effects)
- Unlisted risks and side effects with abortion pills online (since a lot are overseas and do not meet the FDA guidelines)
3. Confirm Your Pregnancy
To know if you qualify for medication abortion, you will first need to verify your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. An ultrasound is the only way to confirm your pregnancy’s viability, location, and gestational age.
Schedule free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasound today to learn what your options are. We are here for you.