abortion pill

Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter can challenge prosecution
Judge allows judicial review in case that is set to focus attention on Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation
By Amelia Gentleman

“The girl found out she was pregnant in the summer of 2013, after a relationship with a boy a year older than her and who she said was physically abusive. In written evidence submitted to the court, her lawyers said he threatened to kick the baby out of her, and to stab it if it was born.”

I notice no charges for the boy. 


If you refuse to prescribe or dispense the morning after pill because you believe it is an abortion pill, you shouldn’t be allowed to practice

Not only because you are being unprofessional in putting your personal feelings ahead of your patient’s welfare, but because you clearly suck at your job if you think that’s how they work

How long is the recovery time after a medication abortion?

Someone asked us:

If you get an abortion using the abortion pill, do you have to have some recovery time? Does it limit you from doing day to day activities because you’re passing the embryo/fetus?

A medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) is actually 2 medicines that you take at 2 different times. You generally take the first dose of medicine at the health center. It’s a good idea to take the second medicine when you can be at home for several hours, ready with maxi pads, pain medicine (like ibuprofen), and your favorite movies and comfort foods. It’s even better if you have a loved one around for support, if you want.

The passing of pregnancy tissue starts about 1-4 hours after taking the second medicine. The abortion process itself usually takes several hours. During that time you’ll have strong cramping and bleeding and will want to take it easy.

Most people can return to their normal activities within a day or so. But it’s important to follow any instructions your doctor or nurse gives you about recovery after your abortion. They’ll be able to give you the best and most personalized follow-up dos and don’ts. If you need an abortion, or help thinking through your options, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center for support and care.

- Julia at Planned Parenthood

Black History Month 2017

Planned Parenthood strives to create a world where sexual and reproductive health care is accessible, affordable, and compassionate — no matter what.

Black women have always championed reproductive freedom and the elimination of racism and sexism as an essential element of the struggle toward civil rights. This Black History Month, Planned Parenthood honors the resilience of Black women like Dr. N. Louise Young and Dr. Thelma Patten Law,  two of the first Black women health care providers at Planned Parenthood — and the resistance of women like Angela Davis who continue to fight for the full dignity, autonomy and the humanity of all women.

In commemoration of Black History Month each year, we lift up and celebrate those who have defied their time and circumstances to become Dream Keepers and freedom fighters. #100YearsStrong of Planned Parenthood could not be possible without the vision, tenacity and determination of those who have kept and protected the dream of reproductive freedom, justice and autonomy.

The 2017 Dream Keepers

Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Journalist, Civil Rights Activist

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was the most prominent Black woman journalist of the late 19th and early 20th century. Her research and reporting around the lynching of Black people helped to bring national attention to the crisis and pushed federal legislation to hold mobs accountable.

Marsha P. Johnson
Activist, Stonewall Rioter

Marsha P. Johnson, co-founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), is credited with being one of the first people to resist the police during the Stonewall Riots of 1969. On the commemorative anniversary of the riots in 1970, Johnson led protesters to the Women’s Detention Center of New York chanting, “Free our sisters. Free ourselves,” which demonstrated early solidarity between LGBTQ rights and anti-prison movements.

Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Black Feminist, Former Presidential Candidate

In 1990, Shirley Chisholm — along with former Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Faye Wattleton, Byllye Avery, Donna Brazile, Dorothy Height, Maxine Waters, and Julianne Malveaux (among others) — formed the group African American Women for Reproductive Freedom to show their support for Roe v. Wade, doing so with what we now call a reproductive -justice framework. The former New York representative was the first African American woman elected to Congress. During her seven terms, Rep. Chisholm pioneered the Congressional Black Caucus and was an unwavering champion for women’s reproductive rights and access to health care, including abortion. In 2015, President Obama awarded Rep. Chisholm with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

Dr. N. Louise Young

Dr. N. Louise Young, a gynecologist and obstetrician, opened her practice in Baltimore in 1932. She later operated a Planned Parenthood health center that was opened with the assistance of the local Urban League and other community partners.

Dr. Thelma Patten Law

Dr. Thelma Patten Law becomes one of the first Black women ob-gyns in Texas. She provided health care for more than 25 years at the Planned Parenthood Houston Health Center, which opened in 1936.

Faye Wattleton
Author, Advocate for Reproductive Freedom, Former President of PPFA

In 1978, Wattleton became the youngest individual at the time and the first African American woman to serve as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). During Wattleton’s 14–year tenure, PPFA became one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations. Under Wattleton’s leadership, the organization secured federal funding for birth control and prenatal programs; fought against efforts to restrict legal abortions; and, along with reproductive health allies, helped to legalize the sale of abortion pill RU-486 in the United States.

The Coiners of Reproductive Justice

Black women’s existence has inherently challenged the “choice vs. life” argument. However the creation and coining of reproductive justice ushered in a new framework where women of color could express all of the ways their sexual and reproductive autonomy is systemically limited.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts
Author, Scholar, Professor

Dorothy Roberts is an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law. Her books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997) — all of which have shaped and informed scholarship around reproductive justice.


Monica Roberts
Historian, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of TransGriot

Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and trailblazing trans community leader. She works diligently at educating and encouraging acceptance of trans people inside and outside the larger African-American community and is an award-winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and passionate advocate on trans issues.

Dr. Iva Carruthers
Past President of Urban Outreach Foundation, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Carruthers uses her ministry as a vehicle for addressing social issues, particularly those involving people of African descent both in the United States and abroad. She is past president of the Urban Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit, interdenominational organization that assists African and African-American communities with education, health care, and community development.


Rev. Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers
Founder and Pastor; The Pavilion of God, Washington, DC; and Chair of the Board of Directors for Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Rev. Smith-Withers has been an active advocate for reproductive justice for many years. She is currently serving as the chair of the board of directors of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). She is the founder and pastor of The Pavilion of God, a Baptist Church in DC.  She hosts “Rev UP with Rev. Alethea”, a BlogTalkRadio show.


Rev. Dr. Susan Moore
Associate Minister at All Souls Church Unitarian

Dr. Moore’s ministry has focused upon the challenges facing urban America. An HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention educator and trainer, she has worked with several community and faith-based groups, including the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Planned Parenthood, and AIDS Action Foundation. She actively advocates for a national, coordinated AIDS strategy to reduce racial disparities, lower the incidence of infection, increase access to care, and involve all stakeholders.

Bevy Smith
CEO and Founder of Dinner with Bevy

A Harlem native and New York fashion fixture, Smith is outspoken about women’s empowerment and social justice. She gives back by connecting and engaging a network of top leaders to promote social change.


Mara Brock Akil
Screenwriter and producer and founder of Akil Productions

Mara Brock Akil is the co-creator of hit TV shows Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane.  She is a tireless advocate of women’s health and rights.


Tracy Reese
American fashion designer

Relentless PPFA supporter, Reese is a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.


Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
Scholar, Professor at the UCLA and Columbia Schools of Law

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is a feminist scholar and writer who coined the term “Intersectionality.” Kimberlé  is the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, which developed seminal research on Black women and girls and the school-to-prison pipeline and policing, including, respectively: “Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected” and “Say Her Name.”


Angela Peoples
Co-Director of GetEqual

Serving as the Co-Director of GetEqual, Angela is working to ensure that Black lives and gender justice is a guiding force in LGBTQ work.


Jazmine Walker
Reproductive Justice Leader

Jazmine is a big fine woman who specializes in reproductive justice and agricultural economic development.

Her dedication to public scholarship and activism is driven by a passion to amplify feminist and reproductive justice discourse around Black women and girls, especially those in Mississippi and the broader South.

Amandla Stenberg
Actress, Author

This Black queer feminist makes us look forward to the next generation of feminist leaders and thinkers.

Her YouTube video, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” clapped-back against the cultural appropriation of Black fashion and style and won our hearts.


Charlene A. Carruthers
National Director for Black Youth Project 100

Political organizer Carruthers is building a national network and local teams of young Black activists.  She is committed to racial justice, feminism, and youth leadership development.


Monica Simpson
Executive Director of SisterSong National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

At SisterSong National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Simpson works to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. She has organized extensively against the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon the minds, bodies, and spirits of African Americans with an emphasis on African-American women and the African-American LGBT community.


Deon Haywood
Executive Director, Women With A Vision, Inc.

Haywood works tirelessly to improve quality of life and health outcomes for marginalized women of color.  Since Hurricane Katrina, Haywood has led Women With a Vision, a New Orleans-based community organization addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities.  


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman, D-TX 18th District

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has been a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood and women’s health.

This year she has become a valuable champion as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she was vocal at both hearings displaying a clear understanding of the important role Planned Parenthood health centers play in the communities they serve. She also came to the floor on several occasions and attended a Planned Parenthood’s press conference, lending her voice in the fight against backwards legislation.


Del. Stacey Plaskett
Congresswoman, D-US-VI

Delegate Stacey Plaskett became a supporter of Planned Parenthood this year when she spoke out for Planned Parenthood health center patients during a Oversight and Government Reform hearing, where she is a member, commenting that she would like a Planned Parenthood health center in the Virgin Islands.


Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman, D-DC

As a fierce, passionate, Black feminist and reproductive health advocate, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has supported Planned Parenthood unwaveringly. She also sponsored the EACH Woman Act and, in 2015, held an event with young women on abortion access.


Rep. Joyce Beatty
Congresswoman, D-OH 3rd District

Rep. Beatty has been an active supporter of women’s health during her tenure in Congress, cosponsoring legislation, signing onto pro-letters and always voting in the interest of women’s health.

Rep. Maxine Waters
Congresswoman, D-CA 43rd District

Since arriving in office in 1990, Rep. Waters has voted in the best interest of the health of women and communities of color, making a career of addressing these issues by closing the wealth gap.    

mother-child-life  asked:

Do you have any info on the abortion pill reversal? The pro-choice side of tumblr is claiming its false and impossible.

This is a tough one, because the reversal protocol is so new. It takes years, sometimes decades for enough research to be done on a medication or treatment so that it can have the academic literature behind it that we expect from widely-accepted treatments.

Every new treatment or medication starts out at this early stage where data on effectiveness is still being collected. Abortion Pill Reversal has only been around since about 2011-2012, which is really recent in the context of medical research.

However, there are currently 230 physicians across America participating in this program by providing the treatment to women who change their mind after taking mifepristone. As more and more women take this option, we will have better numbers and better studies.

Here is the first peer-reviewed study that was published by Dr. Delgado and Dr. Davenport, pioneers of this protocol, in 2012: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23191936/

The theory is sound, and the results so far have been very encouraging. Essentially, mifepristone blocks the natural hormones that a mother’s body produces during pregnancy. These hormones sustain the uterine lining and support the developing fetus. If this hormone is blocked, the uterine lining shrivels and breaks down, cutting off oxygen and nutrition to the fetus.

The reversal treatment provides the missing hormones, allowing the uterine lining to continue providing nutrition and oxygen. Over time, the body begins to produce the hormone naturally again, and the treatments are reduced in frequency until they are no longer needed.

Between 2012 and 2014, approximately 57% of the reversals were successful (78 live births and 49 healthy preborn children out of 223 attempted reversals).
Source: https://lozierinstitute.org/a-second-chance-at-life-reversing-the-abortion-pill/

This means the treatment is not guaranteed, but a 57% chance is better than no chance at all.

It’s important to note that abortion pill reversal won’t work in every case. Factors include how far along the woman was when she took mifepristone, how much time passed between taking mifepristone and the first progesterone treatment, and any contraindications that would prevent her from taking progesterone.

Anyone who takes mifepristone (the first pill in RU-486) and changes her mind should immediately call 1-877-558-0333. A nurse will take your information and screen you to determine whether you are a good candidate for the progesterone treatment. If you are, you will be connected with the nearest doctor who is able to provide the treatment. That doctor will perform an ultrasound to confirm that the baby is still alive before beginning treatment.

The reversal treatment is available regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The Abortion Pill Reversal Network will work with you to make the treatment affordable.

For more information, people can also visit abortionpillreversal.com, which has more information on the protocol and how it works.


Be forewarned, this is what actually happens when mifepristone is administered to the woman’s body. Contains blood reference.

Can I get the abortion pill if I think I’m pregnant?

Someone asked us:

If I had unprotected sex took the day after pill but still haven’t gotten my period can I go to my health clinic and request for an abortion pill even though I’m not 100% positive of being pregnant?

It was smart of you to take emergency contraception. The morning-after pill is safe and effective, and can prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. One of the possible side effects is a change in your next period — it being earlier or later than usual, or heavier or lighter than usual. If you don’t get your period within 3 weeks of taking emergency contraception, then it’s time to take some next steps.

A doctor or nurse can’t give you the abortion pill unless they know for sure that you’re pregnant. So you’ll have to visit a health center and take a pregnancy test first. In most states, the abortion pill can only be taken before your pregnancy reaches 10 weeks. If you’re past 10 weeks, you can still get an in-clinic abortion.

The doctors and nurses Planned Parenthood will help you figure out if you’re pregnant and can walk you through all of your options. You can also buy a pregnancy test at the drugstore and take it at home. Pregnancy tests are most effective if you take it after you miss your period. Make an appointment to visit your local health center here.

I hope that helps!

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

My Post-Abortion Feelings

As I look back on this experience I have one overwhelming feeling, gratitude.  I am grateful that I live in a state that respects my rights to my body.  I am grateful that my health center was 10 minutes away, not a 6 hour drive.  I am grateful I didn’t have a waiting period or some other horrible hoop to jump through.  I am grateful I had the money for the procedure.  I am grateful that I have friends who supported me, housed me, fed me and loved me while I was in need.  And more than anything I feel grateful that I was able to make this huge life decision without any pressure from anyone. 

Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time since I got pregnant and it felt amazing.  I feel this amazing sense of control over and respect for my body. I do not regret the loss of the fetus, I celebrate the birth of a new woman.  When I found out I was pregnant I reached a turning point in my life.  I knew what I would have to give up to be a mother and I wasn’t willing to do that.  Now I am fetus free and just found out I got an amazing score on my LSAT.  I am starting law school in the fall, the same month I would have been having a baby.  To me that is the most amazing thing in the entire world and I will wake up every day grateful for that opportunity.   

Safe Sex With Uncle Sangwoo

This started off as an innocent post about contraception after a submission from @michaelatheroleplayerartist but it got tied into some other things I was thinking from before along with some thoughts on Chapter 20 so I made a whole thing for it. 

Special thanks to: @rapidratkiller, @bracari-iris and @bellabrownie for helping me with this post and coming up with crazy connections with me~

Table of contents:

  1. Who’s Contraception Box is it Anyway?
  2. Possibility of Sexual Abuse in the Oh Sangwoo Household
  3. What Does the “I’m not some rapist” Line Mean?
  4. Why Does Sangwoo Hate Noisy Things? 
  5. Sangwoo’s Actual Room and Upstairs

Warning: This post contains far fetched theories. But it was really fun to make connections! 

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Can an herbal supplement give me an abortion?

Someone asked us:

Is it true that [insert herb] can be used as an abortifacient?

Sometimes people try to give themselves an abortion, and there are different ways to do that. But most herbal treatments don’t work, and other chemicals, medicines, and drugs that you don’t get from a nurse or doctor can be unsafe.

Abortions provided by licensed and trained doctors or nurses, like the ones at Planned Parenthood health centers, are the safest, most effective, and only legal option. If having an abortion in the privacy of your own home is important to you, check out the abortion pill (AKA medication abortion).

If you’ve tried to give yourself an abortion, it’s really important to get medical care and make sure everything’s OK. The staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can make sure you’re healthy, and talk with you about your options.

-Amy at Planned Parenthood

The Nonstop Thrill Ride Of Dumb Abortion Arguments

What if the mother will die? Irrelevant point because that scenario never presents as a certainty. Yes sometimes complications can result in death but you don’t know until afterwards. The scenario of “if you don’t have an abortion you will die for sure” isn’t real, it doesn’t work that way. 

However in that case it still doesn’t change that it would be killing an innocent human. I would say in that hypothetical totally not real scenario then it is understandable to make the selfish choice and choose your own life over the unborn but it doesn’t change anything about the morality of the action. 

What if it’s a product of rape?

Irrelevant to a moral discussion. A terrible thing happening to you doesn’t justify murder…of the rapist or attempted rapist sure, protect yourself and gun that fucker down. Sure doing that immoral thing is more understandable than if it hadn’t been the product of rape but it doesn’t make it moral. Rape is a shitty thing to happen to someone but you can’t unring a bell. If you don’t want a child and can’t care for it, you can give it away. Adoption is a thing.

What if it has a terrible disease

Again irrelevant. If they have a disease that will end up killing it…then that problem solves itself why jump the gun and make it your responsibility? You know for sure it wont ever get better? You know for sure that the level of suffering is worse than not living at all? Who are you to determine for someone else what level of suffering and difficulty should mean they don’t get to live? If sickness is what disqualifies a right to life, why even have hospitals just kill them. It will be great doctors offices could have a big trap door and if they discover an issue they deem severe enough they just pull a lever and you fall into a spike pit.

Even more irrelevance. What is it with the pro abortion crowd and wild hypotheticals and side tracking, it’s almost like head on dealing with the moral questions of the topic leaves them nowhere to go but to the absurd and offtrack. 

Contraception. Do you really expect us to believe preventing conception is the same as ending it? Sucking out a fetus with a vacuum and pliers…totally the same as wearing a condom, pulling out or getting a vasectomy. Please, or are you equating all contraception with abortion pills to make it seem like you need to be against contraception to be against abortion?

Death penalty is irrelevant as well. Remember the argument is that ending an innocent life is wrong. You do not need to be against all killing in all circumstances to be against abortion. You can think the death penalty is an appropriate way to deal with serial killers, you can believe you have a right to use deadly force in self defense and still be against murder the same way you can still believe in the death penalty and that abortion is wrong. There is a distinct moral difference between killing someone who threatens your life and killing someone you just don’t want to deal with.

Here’s another of my favourite arguments

Less sentience. So your levels of cognition impact your right to life. Which means I should have more rights than…someone who is mentally retarded right? Or is granting different rights based on different cognitive abilities exclusive to talking about abortion? hmm

Preventing future problems. If we kill them they can’t become criminals! We must end pre-crime.

Spoken like the sociopathic director of every dystopian society ever.

Personhood is different is just another appeal to the law, if we change the definition of being a living human being then killing you is fine. Just like owning black people was fine because..they’re only 3/5ths of a person so it’s not a violation of our laws, cool.

I don’t even want to justify the you can;t use another person’s body without their permission argument. Fetuses don’t burrow inside of you, you create them. If you are not aware that sex creates babies and that’s always a risk of sex…then your tremendous stupidity is your problem, not the babies.

Nothing makes me more anti-abortion than a pro-abortion argument. what a fucking mess.

No you dodged making a moral support for abortion by making stupid irrelevant points a third grader could recognize were invalid.

Can you walk into a health center and get the abortion pill the same day?

Someone asked us:

Can someone walk in the same day and get the abortion pill?

It actually depends on the laws in your state. Some states allow you to have an abortion on the same day. Unfortunately, many states have stricter policies — like mandatory waiting periods and ultrasounds — which are meant to put a barrier between you and your abortion. Contact your local Planned Parenthood for guidance on the best way to move forward.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

Who are the DUP?

There’s a lot of interest at the moment on who exactly these mysterious 10 MPs are that the Conservatives have teamed up with to get their majority. A lot of misinformation is spreading, so here’s a quick run-down of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.

  • The DUP were established in 1971 by Ian Paisley, the leading figure for loyalism during the Troubles. Although he would later be instrumental in the peace process in Northern Ireland, in 1971 he was involved with paramilitary groups fighting to keep NI under British rule.
  • They opposed the Good Friday Agreement due in party to the allowance for Sinn Fein to hold government. Other reasons included clauses for the early release of paramilitary political prisoners and lack of accountability of the Northern Ireland Executive and the North/South Ministerial Council.
  • The majority of their support is in the North of Northern Ireland, with border constituencies voting in Sinn Fein MPs in the 2017 general election.
  • Their leader is Arlene Foster, who serves as the First Minister of Northern Ireland.
  • They advocate for the union of Northern Ireland with the UK. Arlene Foster said during the 2017 election campaign that she does not intend for NI to have a border poll (a referendum on reunification of Ireland) in her life-time.
  • The DUP were at the centre of the Renewable Heating Incentives scandal. Arlene Foster, as Minister for the department in charge of the scheme, was heavily implicated. The poorly worded RHI scheme went over budget by £400m and the poor structure of the scheme made it prime fodder for fraudsters. Foster personally campaigned to keep the scheme open even after experts pointed out its flaws.
  • In 1977 the DUP campaigned against the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland. They no longer follow this policy, although many DUP members still see homosexuality as a sin due to strong religious ties.
  • In terms of Brexit, the DUP oppose a hard Irish border and support a soft-Brexit.
  • The DUP support triple-lock pensions and the Winter Fuel Allowance, in direct opposition to current Conservative policies.
  • They have vetoed same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland since 2015, despite its legalisation in the rest of the UK and in the Republic.
  • The DUP are strongly ‘pro-life’, and unanimously voted against a proposal by Labour to protect women from prosecution who abort their foetuses using pills bought online. Their stance on abortion also led to opposition to extra funding for international family planning programmes.

tl;dr The DUP are social (very) conservatives but will not support the Tories in every vote.