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When Abortion is Not Available: Caring for Patients After Self-management of Abortion

Presented by Biftu Mengesha, MD, MAS (she/her)

Supplemental Video Content

Early Pregnancy Loss: Diagnosis and Evaluation

Early Pregnancy Loss: At-home-management

Early Pregnancy Loss: Medication Management

Medication Abortion



Self-Managed Abortion- What Healthcare Workers Need to Know. Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Perspectives on self-managed abortion among providers in hospitals along the Texas–Mexico border


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