Overview: Self-Managed (Non-Clinical) Abortion

Self-managed abortion is the use of medicines such as mifespristone and misoprostol, herbs, Vitamin C or other means and methods without clinical supervision to induce an abortion. Self-managed abortion may be referred to as self-induced, self-sourced, self-administered, or “DIY” abortion.

Moseson, Heidi et al. “Self-managed abortion: A systematic scoping review.” Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 63, 2020, pp. 87-110. https://www.ibisreproductivehealth.org/publications/self-managed-abortion-systematic-scoping-review

Donovan, Megan K. “Medication Abortion: Expanding Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care.” Guttmacher Policy Review, vol. 21, 2018. Guttmacher Institute, https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/10/self-managed-medication-abortion-expanding-available-options-us-abortion-care.

Arizona, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Delaware, and Nevada have specific laws that criminalize self-managed abortions. IF/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. “Self-Managed Abortion, The Law amd Covid-19 Facst Sheet”, https://www.ifwhenhow.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20_04_Final_SMA_TheLaw_COVID-19_FactSheet_PDF.pdf.

American Bar Association, Resolution 107A, Opposes Criminal Prosecution for Abortion, Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Other Pregnancy Outcome, 22 February 2021,

See Resolution and Report at: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/directories/policy/midyear-2021/107a-midyear-2021.pdf

American Medical Association, 

Opposes the Criminalization of Self-Induced AbortionResolution 007 (A-18), 1 May 2018. http://www.ospd.ms.gov/2021%20Criminilization%20of%20Pregnancy/a18-wps-resolution-007.pdf

Physicians for Reproductive Health, Self-Managed Abortion Policy Statement, Approved June 2017, reviewed November 2018. https://prh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Self-Managed-Abortion-Position-Statement-2018.pdf

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Decriminalization of Self-Induced Abortion, Policy Statement December 2017. https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/policy-and-position-statements/statements-of-policy/2020/abortion-policy#:~:text=ACOG%20is%20opposed%20to%20abortion,survival%20outside%20the%20woman’s%20uterus

Raifman, S., Biggs, M.A., Ralph, L. et al. Exploring Attitudes About the Legality of Self-Managed Abortion in the US: Results from a Nationally Representative Survey, Sexuality, Research and Social Policy, 16 March 2021, download a copy at: https://www.ansirh.org/research/search?ongoing%5B0%5D=14195

Ralph, Lauren, Foster, Diana G., Raifman, Sarah; Biggs, M. Antonia, Samari, Goleen, Upadhyay, Ushma, Gerdts, Caitlin, Grossman, Daniel, Prevalence of Self-Managed Abortion Among Women of Reproductive Age in the United States, JAMA Network Open, 18 December  2020; download a copy at: https://jamanetwork.com/, enter search term self-managed abortion

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