A new survey found women ages 18 to 49 supported greater access to medication abortion. More than seven thousand women participated in the survey and nearly half said they supported one of three methods for acquiring the abortion pill.
About 30 percent of respondents supported access to abortion pills online, 37 percent supported the pills being made available over the counter and 45 percent supported obtaining the pills from a doctor for possible future use.
Currently, the process for access to abortion pills consists of going to a medical facility where a woman would take the pill mifepristone in front of a doctor, followed by a second pill misoprostol taken at home a few hours to a few days later.
Some women have already found access to abortion pills online. Aid Access, an organization providing abortion pills through its site, told The Atlantic that they have shipped the pills to women in the U.S. over the past six months.
Many women don’t have easy access to abortion clinics due to anti-choice laws in certain U.S. states and have forced women to seek alternative choices. Conservative states, in particular, have criminalized women seeking abortions, leading them to organizations such as the Sia Legal Team, which provides a helpline and legal information for women who’ve terminated their pregnancies with abortion pills and end up questioned by police.
The Realist Woman’s take:
This is the future of reproductive care. Choices for women are crucial to living our lives freely and with dignity. We are the owners of our bodies and we have to protect our rights to our bodies. What people don’t understand is that having access to abortions is women’s healthcare. And what these pills do is provide an alternative way to have our reproductive needs met.
Now I’m all for women’s clinics and am so appreciative of all of the hard work clinics do for women and men. But being able to avoid going to a clinic in order to terminate a pregnancy would be helpful to women all across the country, especially in states where clinics have been shut down or women are harassed by anti-choice protesters, or where the law comes down hard on women seeking abortions.