Online abortion service is safe and effective

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An online abortion service can offer an alternative to unsafe methods of pregnancy termination for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the BMJ. The study found that women who acquired medical abortion pills through the international non-profit Women on Web (WoW) site reported high rates of successful terminations with low rates of adverse effects.

The findings are based on self-reported outcomes from 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Abortion laws in Ireland are among the most restrictive in the world, with abortion classified as a crime in most circumstances.

The data showed that 95 per cent...