Safe Services By Mail

Marie Stopes South Africa was conducting 2,000+ abortions per month before the pandemic. When caseloads plummeted under lockdown, they sought ways to help women avoid unsafe procedures, writes Melusi Dhlamini, director of clinical services for the organization.
 
For women looking to terminate early-stage pregnancies, the organization now delivers abortion pills by mail and guides the process via telemedicine.
 
The shift in services could be a permanent one, but there are challenges. Ultrasounds can’t be done by phone, and if women misjudge the stage of their pregnancy, self-managed abortions can have dangerous complications.
 
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