Closing Abortion Clinics Is Causing Women To Resort To Dangerous DIY Methods!
Women are increasingly turning to DIY abortion methods in response to the clinic shut downs. In 2015,119,000 Google searches were made in the USA for “how to have a miscarriage.” Other searches included “how to self-abort,” “buy abortion pills online,” “how to do a coat hanger abortion,” as well as abortion-inducing herbs, uterus bleaching and even stomach punching. Overall, in 2015, there were more than 700,000 Google searches for self-induced abortions.
It has been extensively assumed that restricting access to clinics will hold abortion rates down. It has also been proved to be true in some cases. Abortions fell 12 per cent in the USA from 2010 to January 2015. But the clinic shutdowns are not the only one factor. The drop is also affected by things such as an increasing cultural acceptance of single motherhood, the recession and more effective contraceptive use.
Research shows that countries with better health care and sex education have lower rates of unwanted pregnancies and, therefore, fewer abortions.
If most countries outlawed abortion tomorrow, the majority of women would still travel to places where it remained legal. As access to abortion diminishes, more women will begin resorting to illegal and dangerous methods.
There is an obvious truth to all this: women will have abortions, and making them illegal will not prevent women from having them. It will rather push them to engage in dangerous DIY methods, or unsafe and unregulated medical procedures. The issue affects all women, even if not directly, as an issue of reproductive rights. Future generations of women, perhaps women in your family, will depend on the decisions made today.