Why should you be within 60 minutes of a hospital or first aid centre when you do the abortion?
It is absolutely necessary to be within one hour of help, in case you lose too much blood. This is also the case when a person has a miscarriage or gives birth. It is not necessary for you to live in an urban area to do a medical abortion. Almost all areas with internet access will also have a basic first aid center nearby.
All hospitals and first aid centers have basic medical equipment and staff. This equipment and expertise is sufficient to care for individuals who have complications related to miscarriage or birth.
Medical abortions can be used safely in the most basic settings, as long as back-up medical care is available for treatment in case of complications and method failure. Since medical abortion mimics miscarriage, the techniques used in the treatment of both are similar. The availability of a full surgical abortion service is not a prerequisite for introducing medical abortion; however vacuum aspiration should be available if and as required. Vacuum aspiration can be done in settings where there is no electricity, using a manual vacuum aspirator.