Global Public Health

Women living in countries with strict anti-abortion laws have long turned to dangerous methods to end their pregnancies, but the internet has slowly changed the nature of “back-alley” abortions by making the abortion pill available to women worldwide. A new study from LBJ Professor Abigail Aiken is one of the first to analyze the outcomes of women who go online to order abortion pills. Researchers found that they are able to end their pregnancies safely and effectively ― even without a doctor. And even while living in areas where abortion is criminalized.

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