Online abortion services appear to be safe: Study

Online abortion services appear to be safe: Study

Abortions performed at home with the help of online abortion services and pills sent via mail appear to be as safe as those performed at a clinic, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used abortion pills sent by a website run by a group known as “Women on Web” fro the procedure.

Nearly 95 per cent of the women studied by the researchers reported that they were able to successfully ending their pregnancy. Almost all of them were less than 9 weeks pregnant when they consulted the group.

Lead researcher Dr. Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at Austin’s University of Texas, said, “We now have evidence that self-sourced medical abortion that's entirely outside the formal health care system can be safe and effective.”

The Netherlands-based nonprofit group Women on Web offers advice as well as pills to females seeking abortion in more than a hundred countries where access to the controversial procedure is restricted. Ireland and Northern Ireland have very strict abortion laws, with approval being granted only when a woman’s life is at risk.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).