August Salon Series: Supporting People who Self-Induce Abortions

Abortion PillsAround the world in countries where abortion is legally restricted, people have used misoprostol to safely end an unwanted pregnancy. Many people have brought that knowledge with them to the US, and as more abortion restrictions pass in the states, people are turning to self-induction. How safe is this? How effective are the medicines? What are the potential roles for advocates and doulas in this shifting picture of abortion access? Please join us for a lively discussion of the issue of people self-inducing in our communities.

Please join us for this exciting evening!

WhenTuesday, August 27th, 7-9 PM
WhereANSIRH, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612
The entrance to the building is on Broadway, between 13th and 14th Street
The closest BART stop is 12th Street/Oakland City Center

Cost: $5-$15 Suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
The space is wheelchair accessible. Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility
RSVP: **Please note that the Salon Series this month will be held at the ANSIRH space in Oakland. In order to attend this event, you MUST be on the guest list. Please RSVP by joining the event on Facebook OR by sending an email to

As always, light refreshments will be served.

Our speaker for the evening will feature:
Susan Yanow, MSW – A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan was the founding Executive Director of the Abortion Access Project.  She is currently a consultant to a number of U.S and international reproductive rights and health organizations that work to advance access to abortion, including ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) at UCSF, Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP)the International Consortium on Medical Abortion (ICMA),Women on Web and Women on Waves.  She has also consulted to the Byllye Avery Institute for Social Change, Gynuity, Planned Parenthood New York City, and SisterSong.  She serves on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, and Chennai Children.

Would you like to read more on the topic of self-inducing abortions?  Here are a few sites to check out:

Bloomberg news: “Texas Threat to Abortion Clinics Dodged at Flea Markets”
The New York Times: “A Pill Available in Mexico Is a Texas Option for Abortion
Women on Waves: “Using Medications (Pills) to End an Unwanted Pregnancy in the USA”
Women on Waves: “How to do an Abortion with Pills (misoprostol, cytotec)?”

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