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Jayati Godhawat

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Project ‘SASS’ Is Guiding Women Who Have Opted For Self-Induced Abortion

  • IWB Post
  •  May 5, 2017

 

Everyone is aware of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s strong anti-abortion ideas and his ban on providing the funds to International organizations who work in this field.

Many studies have suggested that women who do not get access to abortion procedures, more often than not, find a way to do it themselves which can be very harmful and many times, fatal for them.

In the wake of Trump’s administration and his anti-abortion approach, one organization has decided to guide women who have already made up their minds to go for self-induced abortion.

Women Help Women delivers the abortion pill, misoprostol (often paired with mifepristone), and contraception to women via mail, and offers reproductive health counseling.

For American women, who do not have access to the abortion pill without their doctor’s prescription, the organization has launched a customized project, Self-managed Abortion, Safe and Supported (SASS), on Thursday. Under this project, they shall provide counseling and information to women who have no other option but to induce an abortion illegally, a step which according to Women Help Women will be taken by more women now, considering the drastic measures of Donald Trump against abortion.

Women Help Women’s U.S. spokeswoman, Susan Yanow, told the Guardian last week that women who want to terminate their pregnancies are going to terminate them regardless of whether they have support ― though ideally, this situation would never exist in the first place.

“Women in the U.S. have been and are using the pills without good guidance,” she said. “If a woman is anxious and has the pills in her hand, and doesn’t know what to do … we can help her understand what to do. We can help her understand what signs to look for, and what’s going on,” said Susan

She also emphasized that this project is not to encourage women to use abortion pills, but to help those women who’ve already made the decision of taking the matters into their own hands.

 “People are not being advised to use the pills,” she said. “They’re being advised if they’ve already decided to use the pills. What drives this project is the knowledge that women have been managing this on their own.”

While it’s an appreciable move by the Women Help Women organization to curb the health risks related to self-induced abortions and to guide them in the right direction, they must also devise regulations to avoid the potential misuse of the same.

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