How to Talk about Abortion with Pills: Guidelines for Journalists

Accurate messaging about what the media often call “the abortion pill” is important so that women know their rights and are aware of their options. Journalists and news outlets frequently sensationalise the use of these pills – especially when women are able to use them in the privacy of their own homes – making it sound dangerous and reinforcing misconceptions based on incorrect information. Yet, having an abortion with pills is very like having a heavy menstrual period or a miscarriage.

This update of our guidelines for 2020 aims to acquaint journalists with the facts about using these pills. It summarises the common mistakes made in publications, and gives you correct information from the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and other reputable medical and evidence-based sources.

We invite journalists and media outlets to share this information and publish accurate articles on abortion with pills.

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