Medical Abortion and Self-Managed Abortion: Frequently Asked Questions on Health and Human Rights

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This document was developed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ipas to answer some frequently asked health and human rights questions about medical abortion (also called medication abortion or abortion with medication) and self-managed abortion.

Questions answered include:

  • What are medical abortion and self-managed abortion?
  • How safe and effective are they?
  • How are they regulated? Are they lawful?
  • What do international human rights bodies say about these topics?

The FAQ also addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-managed abortion.

Following the FAQ section, the document includes a set of recommendations to States and to United Nations treaty bodies that, if implemented, would improve access to services and would respect, protect and fulfill human rights.