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Self-Managed Abortion Information

Every year, tens of thousands of people in the US choose to self-manage their abortions.

They do so for many reasons, including convenience, cost, personal preference, and legislative bans blocking in-person access. 

Two FDA-approved drugs can safely and effectively end pregnancies of up to 12 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period:

Mifepristone plus misoprostol, which is 98% effective.

Misoprostol alone, which is more than 85% effective.

These medications, when used within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, have a complication rate of .4%, which is roughly that of Tylenol. They are also indetectable in your system.

Millions of people around the world use these pills to self-manage abortions every year, and the World Health Organization considers them “essential medicines.” This method is extremely safe for self-use in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, as long as a person has access to good information and follow-up care if needed.

Access to abortion pills in the US has been heavily restricted - and not for scientific or medical reasons. Today lack of access is almost entirely political.

On June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade - the landmark ruling that protected the federal right to abortion. As a result, the legality of abortion will now be up to each state.

We know that the effects of this decision will fall hardest on people who already face discriminatory obstacles to health care—Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, undocumented people, and those having difficulty making ends meet.

For more information about self-managed abortion—including questions about safety, legality, and access—please visit

This does not constitute medical advice.

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