Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Undermining Abortion Law with the Internet - Science

Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland acquiring medical abortion pills through online telemedicine report successful terminations with low rates of adverse effects, according to new research published in The BMJ by Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin and Women on Web.

The researchers examined self-reported outcomes following medical abortions conducted outside the formal healthcare setting through Women on Web (WoW), a nonprofit organization that provides access to medications used to induce abortion.

The results show that 95 percent of self-sourced and self-managed medical abortions were successful. Less than one percent of the women required a blood transfusion, and three percent received antibiotics. Women were able to identify the symptoms of potentially serious complications, and almost all reported seeking in-person medical attention when advised.

Science Daily:  Medical abortions through online telemedicine? Effective, safe, study suggests

Ed:  Mike Pence is going to freak over this!

Nah, he doesn't have the imagination of a cantaloupe.  People who pay so much attention to keeping their hair precise never do.


Abortion laws in Ireland and Northern Ireland are among the most restrictive in the world, with abortion criminalized in most circumstances.  However, online telemedicine has dramatically changed abortion access.

- SD

Ed:  interdict the abortion drugs!

Silly me to forget that since, after all, the DEA does such a great job of drug interdiction, don't they.


The findings also have implications for other parts of the world where abortion is difficult to access.

"Following waves of restrictive legislation in the United States, the parallels between women seeking abortion in certain parts of the U.S. and Ireland and Northern Ireland are striking," Aiken said. 

"Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland have three options when faced with a pregnancy they do not want or feel they cannot continue: travel long distances to access in-clinic abortion care, remain pregnant, or self-source their own abortion outside the formal healthcare setting. In the case of the United States, we already know women are self-sourcing, so there is a public health duty to help make it as safe and supported as possible."

The researchers acknowledge the limitations of self-reporting, but also emphasize that in situations where women self-source their own abortions outside the formal healthcare setting, self-report is the only possible method of follow-up. The large sample size and high follow-up rate, which is comparable with or, in some cases, better than studies of abortion within the formal healthcare setting are also strengths of the study.

- SD

Ed:  Internet is waging war against restrictions on free access to abortion

Yep, looks that way.


Article Source: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Note:  the link is the same as at the top.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck laws

Anonymous said...

just follow the ones you want to follow.

Peas InOurThyme said...

No-one in America ever does anything else

Peas InOurThyme said...

Well, I can't say I have any respect for American law so you won't hear any disagreement from me.