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Women on Web: I had an abortion
| 29 June 2006


Women on web is an online abortion help service for women living in countries where access to safe abortion services is restricted. Their goal is to help women around the world to obtain a safe medical abortion and reduce the mortality and morbidity due to


Every year 20 million women resort to unsafe abortions. As a result of these unsafe abortions 70.000 women die every year (1 in 300 women undergoing an unsafe abortion dies unnecessary) and many more have complications and suffer from long-term problems

The online abortion service

The goal of the Women on Web service is to help women around the world to obtain a safe medical abortion and reduce the mortality and morbidity due to unsafe abortions. Women with unwanted pregnancies living in countries where there is no access to safe abortion are put in contact with a doctor through the internet, and after a medical consultation receive a medical abortion at their home through express courier.

The medicines used for abortion are Mifespristone and Misoprostol. The online abortion help service will not provide medical abortions to women living in countries where access to safe abortion is available. A medical abortion with Mifepriston and Misoprostol is very effective and safe. In Europe millions of women have used the medicines without adverse effects. Home use of the medicines has been been proven safe.

Any questions and doubts you might have about the safety of this service for women is answered in the Question and Answer section. Women who want to use the service are asked to make a contribution of 70 euro. An alternative is also offered to women who do not have the financial means.

Solidarity

On the "I had an abortion" section Women on Web people are invited to upload their portrait and share their experience. The goal is to break the taboo and stigma surrounding abortion by creating an Internet monument of portraits and stories and while simultaneously actually support women who are facing the decision to have an abortion. There also is a discussion forum to exchange news and information.

Additionally the website raises funds to give donations to women without financial means to obtain a safe medical abortion. You can join the Women on Web initiative by uploading your picture, sharing your story and contribute news and information about abortion from your country.

What can you do

- You can help the project by making a link from your website to Women on web so that women in need of an abortion in your country can find the website. The number of links to the website is also important to appear higher on the Google search list. This is important because it will make the service more accessible.

- If you feel it would be dangerous for your organization to make a direct link to Women on Web, you can also make a link to Women on Wavesg. On the Women on Waves site women are informed about the services provided by Women on Web and there is an extensive protocol about the use of Misoprostol alone. Women on Waves answers all help emails that are received through the website within 24 hours in Spanish Portuguese, Polish, English and French. (we help around 2500 women per year.)
- If you would like to join the Women on Web initiative, please send an email to info@womenonweb.org and your name and/or the name of your organization with a link to its website will be put on in here.

For more information:

- Visit Women on Waves
- Write your questions on info@womenonwaves.org





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