AN INTERNATIONAL CALL TO ACTION

AN INTERNATIONAL CALL TO ACTION: We Need a Rational Policy for Safe Abortion in Every Country NOW! Every day, in every country of the world, women have abortions. Each year, globally, there are 56 million abortions, or an average of 154,000 abortions every single day. Some 45% of those abortions are still unsafe in spite of 100 years of national and international campaigns for safe, legal abortions. In almost every country, even where abortions are safe, access to abortion is restricted by antediluvian, punitive and medically unnecessary laws and regulations. The only way many women manage to have abortions at all is if they or an abortion care provider breaks the law in some minor or major way – 25 million times each year if we count only the unsafe abortions. The serious effect of the COVID-19 virus on all our lives has put this absurdity into sharp relief.

STATEMENT by DR TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL, 2018

“Ebola taught us several painful but valuable lessons. The most important is this: that a fragile health system in one country can potentially expose the world to a global health catastrophe. When surveillance systems are inadequate, or health workers do not show up to work because they have not been paid in months; or medicines are in short supply; or infection prevention and control is lacking, disaster is just around the corner.” Dr Tedros stressed that … Continued

INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE ABORTION PILLS AND SELF-MANAGE ABORTION

You’ve decided you want to have a self-managed abortion, you have the abortion pills on hand, and you’ve done everything you can to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. Now what? That depends on whether you have both mifepristone and misoprostol or misoprostol alone. Someone who has both mifepristone and misoprostol will take one pill of mifepristone and four pills of misoprostol. They will start by swallowing the one pill of mifepristone with a glass of water. After waiting 24 hours, the person will tuck the four pills of misoprostol between their cheek and lower gum – two on the left side of their mouth and two on the right. They’ll let the misoprostol dissolve for 30 full minutes without eating or drinking anything, then swallow whatever is left. After that, they can eat or drink again.

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