Women On Web enables access to safe, self-managed abortion
A legal abortion means that the law recognizes the woman as a person. It says a woman belongs to herself. But in most countries, women's ability to access safe and legal abortions is restricted. Even in places where abortion is permitted by law, women's access to safe abortion services is often very limited due to the stigma attached to it, the lack of appropriate regulation, health services, or political will. There are seven legal reasons abortion is permitted - to save a woman's life, preserve a woman's physical health, preserve a woman's mental health, rape or incest, weak fetus, and socio-economic factors and upon request. According to a report by Women on Waves, about 25% of the world's population lives in countries with "very restrictive abortion laws" - that is, laws that prohibit abortion entirely, or only allow it to save the life of the mother. Abortion at the request of women is only permitted in 30% of countries. To bridge the gap between 30% and the rest of the world, Women On Web offers a safe abortion to all women around the world.
Who are these Women On Web?
Women On Web is a non-profit organization providing early medical abortion through tele-medicine over the Internet, which was originally founded by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch doctor in 2005. It is based in the Netherlands to help women who live in countries where there is no access to safe medical abortion services, and thus reduces death and injury due to unsafe abortion.
How it works
If a woman is living in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services, and is less than 10 weeks pregnant, can fill an online consultation. The medical team reviews the medical information in the consultation and, if the clinical criteria are met, provides a prescription in accordance with the WHO-recommended dose regimen for medical abortion. The pills, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol are then delivered by post.
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