As clinic access tightens, group touts pregnancy-ending drug

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Posted: Apr 15, 2016 2:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The tightening of restrictions on abortion clinics in many states has emboldened some abortion rights advocates to launch an outreach effort, reminding women they have relatively safe and effective means of ending a pregnancy on their own through use of a miscarriage-inducing drug.

Anti-abortion groups are wary of the phenomenon, disavowing any drive to prosecute women who self-abort but favoring crackdowns on illegal distribution of the drug. Even in the abortion rights community, the outreach has raised some concerns: Doctors says it's preferable for a woman undergoing abortion to be under a medical professional's supervision.

Advocates of the new approach say they would agree, under ideal conditions, but they worry that many women are not getting access to professional services and need accurate information if they're considering self-induced abortion.