“Safe2choose is about safe choices, but it’s also about the most appropriate safe method that fits each woman’s individual needs and wishes. This means being able to offer its global users a wide range of safe options for their abortions. Some might prefer using medical abortion pills in theintimacy of their home, while others will prefer meeting a trusted provider face-to-face for a shorter procedure. It is up to the woman to decide what they want and safe2choose will support their choice.
“Introducing manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and electrical vacuum aspiration (EVA) information on our website also involves creating new counseling protocols to better guide women seeking these procedures. In the case of surgical abortions, our trained counseling team prepares women for in-clinic MVA and EVA procedures by pre-screening them, providing them with a step-by-step breakdown of the procedure, referring them to verified pro-choice providers close to their location and answering any follow-up questions they may have after the procedure. In addition, safe2choose remains in constant communication with its network of global providers to ensure a high quality of care and service provision.
‘‘We strive to provide personalized solutions and resources for all our users and the introduction of vacuum aspiration information is critical towards increasing safe abortion information and referrals for all women, everywhere”, said safe2choose Manager, Pauline.“Our counselors have undergone specific training on manual and electrical vacuum aspiration abortions and are fully prepared to counsel women accordingly.”
“Since its inception, safe2choose has received close to eight million website visits through the provision of safe abortion information provision, counseling and referrals. With an initial focus on abortion pills, safe2choose realized the need to add information on aspiration abortion methods ensuring that women who were not suited for an abortion with pills would still have a safe option via vacuum aspiration abortions. Many providers still continue to offer outdated methods such as dilation and curettage (D&C). With the addition of comprehensive and reliable MVA and EVA information, safe2choose hopes to create awareness amongst women about these options, ensuring they are better informed to discuss them with their provider and incentivize the provider to switch to these safer surgical procedures.
“MVA and EVA counseling services are available in several languages including Hindi, Kiswahili, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Wolof, and English. Users can have a one-on-one chat with a counselor through the live chat section of the website or can send an email via firstname.lastname@example.org and they will receive a prompt response to their query. safe2choose also welcomes users to visit their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok pages to learn more about our work.
Safe2choose is an online counseling and informational platform that supports women who want to have an abortion, and when needed, refers them to trusted, trained and pro-choice healthcare providers.
SOURCE: Safe2choose press release, 22 June 2020, available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi. See their website for more information.