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In historic first, witnesses explain how to self-manage abortion before Congress

for the first In the time before Congress, an abortion rights advocate described how to self-manage the procedure using pills—a method more important now that the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade canceled.

Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive director of abortion story group We Testify, speaks Tuesday during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigation Panel. The hearing included four other panelists, all of whom discussed the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn a landmark ruling that guaranteed abortion rights across the country.

During her testimony, Bracey Sherman discussed how she considered throwing herself down the stairs when she was 19 years old and pregnant. One night, she recalled, she drank “an unsafe amount of alcohol” in the hopes that it would cause a miscarriage.

“That was when [abortion] was legal in every state. Now, that is not the case and I know some people will try the methods I did,” she said. “And I want them to know that there are safe ways for them to self-manage their abortions, according to the World Health Organization.”

Drug abortion is a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — first approved by the FDA in 2000 for abortion and abortion care before the 10-week point. It is commonly used in health care settings and is often the type of abortion that occurs when people go to an abortion clinic.

When used together, mifepristone and misoprostol are more than 95% effective and safer than Tylenol.

Bracey Sherman explains in simple words how to take medicine.

“This is one mifepristone pill followed by four misoprostol tablets dissolved under the tongue 24 to 48 hours later, or 12 tablets of four misoprostol dissolved under the tongue at a time,” said Bracey Sherman. “There’s no way to test it in the bloodstream and a person doesn’t need to tell the police what they took.”

Bracey Sherman wore green – a color used by advocates and lawmakers to show support for abortion rights during Argentina’s reproductive rights movement nearly two decades ago.

Bracey Sherman said, “I share this in exercising my right to freedom of expression because there are organizations and legislators who want to criminalize what I just said.” “Everybody loves someone who has had an abortion.”

These drugs are highly regulated and hard to access now that the Supreme Court repealed Roe and at least a dozen states have banned or banned abortions. As fellow expert witness, Dr. Jack Resneck, president of the American Medical Association, “says that ending legal abortion will not end abortion.” People will continue to seek abortions, but will likely end up self-managing their care.

A self-managed abortion is defined as an abortion performed outside a traditional health care setting—often when a person receives abortion pills and not a doctor—and undergoes an abortion without medical assistance. As Bracey Sherman noted, people can receive mifepristone or misoprostol outside of a physician-setting and have abortions similar to those performed in clinics around the US by the 12-week point.

Despite dozens of stories of people criminalizing self-management care, self-managing their own abortions is not illegal in the U.S. Only Nevada, South Carolina and Oklahoma have laws on the books criminalizing people to self-manage abortions. But legal experts have warned that it is not clear whether they will even stand in court of law if challenged today.

If you or someone you know needs help with self-management of an abortion or miscarriage, please call Abortion + Abortion Hotline For confidential medical assistance at (833) 246-2632 or Repro Legal Helpline For confidential legal information and advice, call (844) 868-2812.

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