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Study Looks at Online Abortion Pill Safety

Online abortion pill safety can affect women’s lives.

Abortion pills sold online are not typically fake, and are as safe as those women receive with a valid medical prescription, according to a study published in the journal Contraception. Some women who cannot afford to go to the doctor, who cannot access abortion, or who are afraid to tell anyone they are pregnant turn to online pills. It’s a fact that points to the desperation of women seeking abortion. Yet this study suggests desperate women may have one less thing to fear.

Online Abortion Pill Safety: Abortion Pills Purchased Online May Be Safe, Effective 

For the study, researchers purchased abortion pills from 20 different websites. None of the sites required a prescription. The abortion pill is only legally available with a valid medical prescription. The team then had the pills tested by an independent laboratory. All of the mifepristone pills were within 8% of the advertised level. There was more variation in the misoprostol pills, but the pills were still potent enough to cause an abortion.

Because the pills were advertised, they were likely to be reasonably safe–at least for women who are eligible to use abortion pills. These pills are only FDA-approved for abortions up to 10 weeks. Women may need medical assistance following a medication abortion, however, and not all women can safely use a medication for abortion.

 

Abortion Without Instruction or Support

Though the pills were as advertised, none of them came with instructions for proper use. This leaves women seeking abortions to look for instructions elsewhere. Online abortion instructions aren’t always reliable. Some searches for abortion assistance may redirect to anti-choice websites filled with inaccurate information and scare tactics. The wrong dose of an otherwise safe pill can be dangerous. Likewise, women with certain medical conditions or very advanced pregnancies cannot safely use an abortion pill. Women who are desperate enough to illegally seek online abortion pills may be desperate enough to use those pills without researching their use. In some cases, women who know their pregnancy has progressed too far may opt for a medication abortion out of desperation.

While instructions on the proper use of the pill won’t prevent all improper uses, they can act as a barrier to dangerous use.

Telemedicine: A Potentially Viable Alternative

The fact that women are turning to illegal online abortions speaks to a larger problem. Abortion remains inaccessible or too expensive for many women. State regulations, scare tactics, and the fear of clinic protesters can all cause women to choose less safe options. The good news is that there may be a safe alternative to illegal medication abortions.

One recent study found that telemedicine abortions–which involve a medication abortion with the option of assistance from a medical provider–are safe. That didn’t stop anti-choicers from telling women otherwise. It’s just one more way of limiting women’s reproductive freedom–which is a strategy that’s repeatedly proven to endanger the lives of women and their children.

New Data on Abortion Shows Abortion Rate Plummeted Under President Obama

The abortion rate dropped under President Obama.

Data released last month by the Guttmacher Institute shows that the abortion rate dropped under President Obama. This is the first time in more than two decades that the abortion rate has decreased among every demographic group. The data also shows that abortion is a common experience for women, with about 1 in 4 women having at least one abortion before the age of 45.  Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion Research the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know About

The right doesn’t want women to know about abortion research saying termination is safe.

The right specializes in false science that tells women abortion causes breast cancer, leads to irreversible trauma, and shatters lives. Study after study has debunked this notion. In a world where women are made to feel ashamed and fearful of abortion, however, it’s easy for stigmatizing fake data to stick. Since the Supreme Court affirmed abortion as a Constitutional right, a few things have remained certain. Abortion saves lives. Abortion is safe. Abortion gives women more control over their lives. The right doesn’t want people to read real abortion research because that abortion research universally confirms the benefits of abortion. Here are five pieces of abortion research anti-choicers don’t want you to know.

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Anti-Choice Terrorism: 4 Facts You Need to Know

Anti-choice terrorism has claimed the lives of several abortion providers.

Sentiliano Canko, 32, was charged this week with a bomb threat directed to a New Jersey abortion clinic. Last week, anti-choice protesters stormed the waiting rooms of at least two abortion clinics. An attorney general and president determined not to enforce the law have birthed a new generation of anti-choice terrorism. While the far right uses terrorism as a guise for undermining civil liberties, they ignore one of the most common forms of terrorism: anti-choice terrorism. Here’s what you need to know.

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Fake Abortion Clinics: How to Detect Them, What to Do About Them

Real abortion clinics help women. Fake abortion clinics prey on them.

So-called crisis pregnancy centers peddle in disinformation. They capitalize on the fear and vulnerability of women considering abortion, and pressure them into a decision with life-altering consequences. Anti-choicers argue that these crisis pregnancy centers offer a viable alternative to abortion. Yet research consistently shows that they offer false, and even potentially harmful information. Women visiting these centers learn that birth control doesn’t work, that abortion dooms them to Hell, and that having sex outside of marriage renders them damaged goods. These centers are little more than sources of anti-woman propaganda.

 

The problem is that fake abortion clinics shamelessly lie. They present themselves as abortion providers, or as a place to get a free pregnancy test. Vulnerable women visit them, are subjected to abuse, and waste valuable time. Here’s what every choice activist needs to know about these dangerous facilities.

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Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Garden State Gynecology, Princeton & Morristown New Jersey

abortion clinics in New Jersey - Garden State Gynecology

Our Facilities

Garden State Gynecology is a pro-choice medical facility devoted to women’s gynecologic and reproductive health. We specialize in family planning services and women’s healthcare. We offer two convenient locations available to serve all of your reproductive and women’s healthcare needs. Our locations include Women’s Healthcare & Family Planning Centers in Princeton, NJ and Morristown, NJ.

Our physicians are assisted by a caring and compassionate female support staff that includes registered nurses, ultrasound technicians, phlebotomists, trained counselors and certified medical assistants.   Our team is dedicated to providing all patients with a safe, competent, and confidential care.

Waiting Room
Click here to view our photo gallery of our Morristown facility.

Our facilities are stringently inspected by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF).  AAAASF holds its members to the highest of standards assuring that patient safety and satisfaction always come first.

Our spacious, upscale, modern facilities are conveniently located in Princeton, NJ and Morristown, NJ. Our facility provides a comfortable setting for your treatment.  Garden State Gynecology facilities are located within a large multi-tenant buildings, this allows for the highest levels of privacy for our patients.

NJ abortion provider offering anesthesia services.

 Our facility complies with all regulations, standards and guidelines of the following agencies.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Houston Women’s Clinic TX

Houston Women's Clinic TX - abortion clinic in Houston, Texas

Houston Women’s Clinic Tx

http://www.houstonwomensclinic.com

If you or someone you care about is considering terminating a pregnancy, rest assured you are not alone. It is such a personal, private decision; you don’t want to share with everyone. So, where do you turn for help and honest information? The best thing you can do is educate yourself. As you research clinics, you will find that not all clinics are alike. Be sure to ask lots of questions, and trust your feelings. We believe you deserve the best care available.

Our Professional Staff

Our staff at Houston Women’s Clinic TX is specially trained to provide supportive counseling that respects your choice. By providing individual, personalized care, we take time with each patient. Counseling is on an individual basis, not in a group, because we respect your right to privacy and confidentiality.

Why Choose Us?

The Houston Women’s Clinic is among the best abortion clinics in Houston, and Dr. Rosenfeld is where Houston doctors have always been referring their patients since 1976 . Read our patient testimonials to compare.


Note: Abortion fees vary from clinic to clinic, state-to-state. Abortion fees are primarily based on the length of pregnancy, anesthesia choices and other variables. You should contact the individual clinic directly for pricing and whether or not you qualify for discounts or financial help.

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Study: Low Abortion Clinic Access Increases Abortion Costs

Abortion costs rise when clinics close.

Closing abortion clinics increases abortion costs.

Anti-choice crusaders often claim that closing abortion clinics lowers the abortion rate. Research has consistently found that this strategy doesn’t work. According to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, decreased access to abortion clinics has an unintended consequence. When women travel long distances for abortion, the costs of abortion aftercare skyrocket. This puts already vulnerable women in a difficult financial position. And in some cases, taxpayers may be left holding the bill–as is the case when women visit emergency rooms and can’t afford to pay for their care.

 

Abortion Clinic Access and Abortion Costs 

Researchers gathered data on nearly 40,000 abortions occurring between 2011 and 2012. The procedures were covered under California’s Medicaid program, which–unlike most state Medicaid programs–covers some abortion services. The study found a direct correlation between traveling long distances for an abortion and needing post-abortion medical care.

 

Abortion is a simple and safe medical procedure, so most abortion-seekers require no follow-up care. Even fewer need emergency care. Yet when women traveled more than 100 minutes to a clinic, they were 230% more likely to seek follow-up care in an emergency room. This trend persisted regardless of the type of abortion the woman had. This cost Medicaid programs a median $941. Women who traveled back to clinics cost Medicaid a median $536.

 

The study argues that patients visit emergency departments when they can’t easily get their follow-up questions answered. When access to abortion clinics is limited, and when discussions of abortion are stigmatized, women are less able to access the information they need.

 

How Increases in Abortion Costs Affect Women 

All women included in the study were Medicaid recipients. But the study suggests that poor clinic access likely drives up costs for all women. Since Medicaid does not fund abortion in most states, this leaves women to shoulder the costs of abortion. Because lack of clinic access drives up costs, women are bearing costs they otherwise would not have to. We already know that many women delay their abortions for financial reasons. Some even choose life-threatening do-it-yourself abortions. This adds one more layer of financial barriers to abortion.

 

This, of course, is precisely what anti-choice activists want. Some claim that skyrocketing costs lower the abortion rate, but there’s no evidence to support this. What’s more, we already know that women denied access to abortion fare poorly. The Turnaway Study, an ongoing project that looks at women denied abortions, has found they are more likely to end up in poverty, more likely to remain in abusive relationships, and more likely to suffer poor mental health.

 

Removing abortion clinic access harms women and, when they choose to have them, their babies.

 

Lowering the Abortion Rate Without Hurting Women 

Under the Affordable Care Act, the abortion rate declined. This suggests that affordable contraceptives do more to lower abortion rates than does decreased clinic access. Research has also consistently shown that a few simple strategies can significantly lower the abortion rate. Those include comprehensive sex education, access to contraceptives, family-friendly leave policies, affordable health care, and a stronger safety net.

 

Republican anti-choice activists consistently oppose these policies. This shows that their opposition has little to do with “protecting life,” and everything to do with punishing women. Forcing women to go to the emergency room for abortion aftercare is just one more way to penalize them for making a choice anti-choicers resent.

New Data Public Opinion on Abortion Data: What Do People Believe About Abortion?

Public opinion on abortion supports a woman's right to choose.

Public opinion on abortion remains largely supportive.

In July, the Pew Research center released new data about public opinion on abortion. So what do people believe about abortion? Though a vocal minority is aggressively anti-choice, most people support abortion access. And almost all people support abortion to save the life of the woman. Overall, public support for abortion is the highest it has been in the last two decades.

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Abortion Facts: The Abortion Science Right Wingers Don’t Want You to Know

Abortion science makes it clear abortion is good for women.

Abortion science proves that abortion is good for women. 

 

If the anti-choice argument were as strong as its proponents like to think, it would be supported by sound science. It’s not. Anti-abortion zealots traffic in lies and half-truths. For women already conflicted over abortion, those lies can be the source of guilt, self-loathing, and fear. Researchers have crafted well-designed studies about the effects of abortion for decades. The inevitable conclusion? Anti-choicers are wrong about almost everything. Here are six pieces of abortion science anti-choicers don’t want you to know.

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