At-home abortions, also known as self-induced abortion, self-managed abortion, and/or Plan C, are a growing trend and are being touted as “safe”. However, as with any medication, there are potential risks and side effects. These risks grow significantly when you consider purchasing something like abortion pills online, where you may be unsure about the legitimacy of the product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only approves the abortion pill (which is actually two drugs: mifeprex and misoprostol) to be prescribed and dispensed by health care professionals. On its website, the FDA states, “Mifeprex may only be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider.”

When purchasing over the internet, especially from foreign countries, a woman doesn’t actually know what she is getting – a lower grade version that may or not work, a placebo or fake drug, etc. – therefore, she is taking a great risk by not seeing a health care professional. In fact, the FDA warns women to NOT order abortion pills online due to such risks:

Do Not Buy Mifeprex Over the Internet

You should not buy Mifeprex over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health (and the health of others).

Mifeprex has special safety restrictions on how it is distributed to the public. Also, drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities.

Learn more about the abortion pill, the potential risks of an at-home abortion, and your choices regarding your pregnancy at this website:

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, before ordering abortion pills online or traveling out-of-state for a medical or surgical abortion, make your free appointment at True Care. Our professionally trained nurses provide answers to three important questions: 1) Am I really pregnant? 2) How far along am I? 3) Do I have an STD? The answers to these medical questions, along with the relevant pregnancy options educational materials that we provide, empower you to make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy.

Next week, we’ll have Part 2 on the topic of Ordering Abortion Pills Online, including the importance of a medical pregnancy confirmation and possible complications of the abortion pill.