In more than 70 countries, usually ones where abortion is restricted, hundreds of women are now using the internet site Women on Web to buy the drugs to perform medical abortions at home. At $110, women can purchase mifepristone and misoprostol - the use of these pills will typically cause a non-surgical termination of an early pregnancy.
Women on Web claims that their site helps women "gain access to a safe abortion with pills in order to reduce the number of deaths due to unsafe abortions." Yet, according to a published study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 11% of 400 (about 1 in 10) customers went on to need a surgical procedure - either because the drugs had not completed the abortion or because of excessive bleeding.
Critics of these services provided by this site claim that it may be encouraging women, from countires were abortion is illegal, to break the law. Additionally, some have concerns that women may experience serious medical complications if they are buying these medications from poorly managed internet sites that do not provide women with appropriate medical information.
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