Expansive restrictions to legal abortion have led to reports of self-induced termination of undesired pregnancies with misoprostol obtained without a prescription or provider. This study seeks to describe the prevalence of women seeking or employing misoprostol for self-induced abortion and how they access information.
Women are accessing information regarding misoprostol for self-induction of abortion on the internet and as barriers to legal abortion increase, women may be more likely to self-induce abortion.
Self-induced abortion, self-sourced abortion, medical abortion, misoprostol, barriers, internet, over-the-counter abortion
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Kerestes C, Sheets K, Stockdale C, Hardy-Fairbanks AJ. Prevalence, attitudes and knowledge of misoprostol for self-induction of abortion in women presenting for abortion at Midwestern reproductive health. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Oct 29;8(3):Article 13 [2 p.]. https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1426. Free full text article.