London: As many as 21,000 US women ordered abortion pills online in the past six months (between October 2018 and March 2019), according to figures revealed by Aid Access, a charity. The charity, a European organisation, provides online prescriptions for abortion pills that are dispatched to the US by mail, reports the Guardian. Aid Access said 33-50 per cent women who made the request were sent abortion pills in the mail.
The majority of the recipients live in states with hostile abortion policies. Women who obtained pills online described desperation at being unable to access affordable medical services locally, with some saying they had considered extreme measures to end their pregnancies. “The reality on the ground is already so desperate,” said Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Aid Access. “If a woman cannot access a normal abortion in the US they will do anything to end their pregnancy,” Gomperts said. Abortion is legal in all 50 US states. Abortion bans are an effort by campaigners to overturn Roe vs Wade, a US supreme court decision that provided women the right to abortion up to the point a foetus can live outside the womb, or roughly 24 weeks. (IANS)
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