How is this protocol different than using only Misoprostol?
In some countries women can get Misoprostol at their local pharmacies and use it alone, without also taking the Mifepristone. Why should you consider using this abortion help service instead?
If a woman uses both Mifepristone and Misoprostol for medical abortion, it is much more likely she will have a successful abortion than if she uses Misoprostol alone (98% compared to only 80%).
In some places women can get Misoprostol from their local pharmacies but in many countries women have trouble getting the medicines. There are websites that sell Misoprostol, and sometimes the drug can be found on the black market. The quality of these medicines is questionable and in some cases the pills provided might not be Misoprostol at all. It is crucial for women to get Mifepristone and Misoprostol from reliable sources that can instruct them how to properly and safely use the drugs.
Women on Web asks a minimal donation for the use of the services. This is necessary in order to keep the website online and to guarantee that all women will continue to benefit from this help service. In countries where access to abortions is restricted, abortions performed by doctors can cost between 500 and 1500 euros. Buying Misoprostol on the blackmarket can cost up to 100 euros. Many women cannot afford these methods of abortion. Women on Web offers an alternative to unsafe methods of abortion and makes safe medical abortions possible for women without financial means.
More scientific information:
Studies show that success rates for abortions using only Misoprostol range from 77% to 88% 40. For pregnancies up to the 11th week (77 days), the combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol effectively ends approximately 96-99% of pregnancies. 5 7 13 15 16 17 20 22
The Population Council, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization, has expressed concern about the possibility of unsafe abortion drugs being sold on the black market. 6
Without safe alternatives, women are forced to turn to life-endangering methods of abortion. Some women get surgical abortions from untrained individuals or in unsanitary conditions. Others try to cause an abortion by physical or chemical methods, such as punching the abdomen or ingesting bleach or detergent.32 One publication concerning unsafe abortion in Latin America stated, “A recent phenomenon of great concern…is the number of women dying from pesticide poisoning. Women take inexpensive tablets sold in markets to induce bleeding and end up poisoned, often fatally. 31
The combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol is more effective than using only Misoprostol. This makes the usage of Mifepristone and Misoprostol cheaper than simply using Misoprostol by itself. 40 Higher success rates mean fewer visits to doctors and hospitals, and less stress for the woman. The same study that determined that Mifepristone-Misoprostol is more cost-effective also stated that using Misoprostol alone is actually more complicated than using Mifespristone and Misoprostol together. 40