Information helplines and hotlines have probably been around for as long as there have been telephones. If you put the word “helpline” into Google, the pages fill up with different helplines. In the last decade, safe abortion information helplines have evolved as a successful strategy to share information about how to have a safe abortion using medicines (mifepristone and misoprostol) and as a vehicle for social change.
The hotline was funded by Mama Cash and technical assistances provided by Women on Waves and Women on Web. This was the only hotline of its kind in Asia when it was launched (now there are hotlines in six other Asian countries) and it was the first ever in an Islamic country.
Red de Información por el Aborto Seguro (Safe Abortion Information Network) tell the story of their free telephone line for women who wish to end their pregnancies.
Inna Hudaya’s experience with an unsafe abortion led to years of depression. She founded Samsara, an organisation that started as a support group for women who have had abortions and developed into a hotline for abortion advice.