As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape our lives and health systems, Council Program Director Thoai Ngo and President of Ibis Reproductive Health Kelly Blanchard share their views on abortion care during these unprecedented times in an opinion piece for Thomson Reuters Foundation News. Citing two new evidence reviews on women’s ability to manage abortions with safe and effective medicines during early pregnancy, the authors support self-managed abortion during – and after – this pandemic as a method that puts less strain on health systems and allows women access who might be hampered by isolation and distancing mandated in response to COVID-19.
The current health crisis has put severe strains on global health care systems, resulting in the rationing of health care services. Historically, epidemics and economic crises disproportionately affect women, girls, and those who already face barriers to accessing health care. Supporting people’s ability to manage their abortion care will protect reproductive and human rights—and reduce demands on our health system.
Read the full piece in Thomson Reuters Foundation News and learn more about the Council’s work in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.