Women on Web

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Women on Web (WoW) is a Netherlands-based[1] online abortion service for countries where there is no legal access to medical abortion. The abortion is done with mifepristone and misoprostol at home before the 9th week of pregnancy and the medicines are sent by mail after an online consultation with a doctor.[2] The service was founded by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician, in 2005.[3]

Women on Web's goal is to reduce deaths and injuries due to unsafe abortions by providing access to safe telemedical abortion.

A 2008 study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found a "curettage/vacuum aspiration" rate comparable to the rates found when the same drugs are administered in a traditional outpatient setting.[2]

Aid Access[edit]

Due to fears that American anti-abortion movements would aim to shut down Women on Web, Women on Web originally never sent abortion medication to the United States. However, in 2018, despite ongoing fears of backlash, a separate service with the same founder and mission as Women on Web, called "Aid Access", was set up for Americans. As of 18 October 2018, Dr. Gomperts had already sent 600 women abortion pills via the US Postal Service.[4]

In an interview with The Atlantic, Dr. Gomperts said that the service was fully legal and complies with the Food and Drug Administration's personal importation rules.[4]

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  1. ^ Sanghani, Radhika (2015-06-12). "The women risking 14 years in prison to get 'illegal DIY abortion pills' by post". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  2. ^ a b Gomperts, Rj; Jelinska, K; Davies, S; Gemzell-Danielsson, K; Kleiverda, G (2008-08-01). "Using telemedicine for termination of pregnancy with mifepristone and misoprostol in settings where there is no access to safe services". BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 115 (9): 1171–1178. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.01787.x. ISSN 1471-0528. PMID 18637010.
  3. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "The Website Providing Abortion Without Borders". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  4. ^ a b Khazan, Olga (2018-10-18). "Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-10-21.

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