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Can You Take Abortion Pill at Home?

UK to Decide If Women Can Take Abortion Pill at Home — What Happens in the US?

A UK law that requires women to have abortions at a hospital or clinic might seem reasonable, but when it comes to the abortion pill, the requirement is burdensome. Women can have a medical abortion within the first nine weeks of the pregnancy by taking two sets of pills two days apart. The UK's Abortion Act (passed in 1968) requires that both sets of pills be taken on site, and now nonprofit British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is suing the government to overturn what it sees as an outdated rule. The BPAS thinks women should be able to take the second set of pills, which induce cramping and bleeding and eventually a miscarriage, from home in order to prevent having the miscarriage on their way home, while also allowing them to complete the process in a familiar environment.

In the US, women seeking a medical abortion, which typically costs anywhere from $350 to $650, take the first pill at the clinic. For the second pill, a woman and her health care provider plan the timing and location, which will usually be her own home. A woman then comes back to the clinic in the following weeks for a follow-up exam. The privacy provided by completing the abortion at own home is one reason women choose the abortion pill.

Medical experts agree that it's safe to take the second dosage at home, so hopefully the UK courts will help the law catch up with the realities of medical abortion. Women shouldn't have to have a miscarriage on the bus ride home from a clinic.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
What makes me so sad is that we are actually calling the action of a person murdering their own child a "miscarrage." Isn't a miscarriage a bad thing; something devestating that happens to a woman when her baby dies before being born?! Look, I don't want to try to lecture you all about abortion from a religious or political issue. It is so much bigger than that, and I know from secondhand experience that many of the women who have abortions are making the most difficult decision of their life. Whether it is an issue of age or money, having a child changes a woman's life, and it is often impossible for a woman to do so. However, don't be fooled by who is having abortions. To answer trippytexan, only 1% of women who have abortions do so because of rape or incest; 1% because of fetal abnormalities; and 3% due to the mother's health problems. This is a published statistic from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Now one might try to reply that these statistics could include lies by the women who answer when asked why they are having abortions. Well, why would a woman say that she is having an abortion because of "the following reasons? Here are the other reasons women give for wanting an abortion: - wants to postpone childbearing: 25.5% - wants no (more) children: 7.9% - cannot afford a baby: 21.3% - having a child will disrupt education or job: 10.8% - has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy: 14.1%. don't believe the lies that abortion is just about women who have been victimized. it is very often a simple matter of a woman being too selfish and unwilling to take responsibility for having sex when she could or did not want to deal with the consequences. and to everyone who says they don't believe that it's a human life, then why is it such a difficult decision? if it's just a little blob of tissue, or a "fetus" (which, by the way, comes from the Latin for "little one"), then why does anyone have trouble doing it? food for thought; cue the hateful replies...
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
Absurd. The idea of that pill, as I understand it, is for the woman to be in a safe environment.
trippytexan trippytexan 6 years
Re: Anonymous: Oh, yeah, it couldn't be that the woman having an abortion could have serious medical issues, or is too young or too old or too poor or too unstable to support a child, or was raped, or doesn't believe that an embryo/fetus counts as a full-blown "person". It's a totally casual thing, and we all just LOVE to go out for a casual coffee date after having to give up a pregnancy. Typical Friday night around here.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I was not aware of this restriction on the abortion pill, but I agree that it should be changed! I can't imagine a miscarriage taking place as you're trying to make your way home.
bubbaz bubbaz 6 years
I am pro-choice and not only do I think this should be acceptable in the UK but also implemented in Canada as well.
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