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When Abortion is Not Available: Self-management of Abortion

Presented by Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH (he/him)

Supplemental Video Content

Global Obstacles to Abortion

Guidelines for Safe Abortion Care

EXPLAINED: Abortion Safety in the United States Lecture

Additional Resources

Access, Delivered: A Toolkit for Providers Offering Medication Abortion

Misoprostol-Only Medication Abortion Sample Protocol

IPAS Abortion Self-Care

IPAS Medical Abortion and Self-Managed Abortion Human Rights


Women Help Women

Women on Web

American Bar Association’s resolution opposes criminalization of abortion or miscarriage


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