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Reclaiming Our Courts + The TikToker Normalizing Periods
Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate speaking at the Library of Congress
"Women are a big part of it, but at the heart of it are freedom over how fast our families grow goes farther and larger than any one of us. It's about every single one of us."
— Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate
Watch Amanda's reading of her poem “8 Reasons to Stand Up Against Abortion Bans” here.
From the blog…

What we're watching, reading, listening to, and taking action on:
  • This TikTok star is set out to normalize periods — and she's teaching her followers about how to expand sustainability and inclusivity in reproductive health care through her book, TED Talk, and more.
  • Yelp announced that it will add a notice to crisis pregnancy center listings to avoid misleading patients seeking abortion access. And Google put in place measures this week to make clear the difference between abortion providers and crisis pregnancy centers in search results.
  • Two doulas are traveling across the country, helping people navigate their abortions. They created a photo essay to show what abortion actually looks like. (CW: This article contains an image of pregnancy loss.)

Ask the Experts:
"Is there a way for me to have an abortion at home?"

You can use abortion pills (aka medication abortion) up to 11 weeks after the first day of your last period to safely end your pregnancy. You can get abortion pills from many abortion providers, including some Planned Parenthood health centers. Depending on what state you live in, you may be able to have a video or phone visit with a doctor or nurse and then have the pills mailed to you.

Finding and taking abortion pills to end a pregnancy without the help of a doctor or nurse is called "self-managed abortion" (which some people call an "at-home abortion"). Research shows that self-managing an abortion with abortion pills (mifepristone and/or misoprostol) can be safe and effective. You can learn more on our website.

Abortion laws vary by state, and some states have banned abortion or made it very difficult to get. But, there may be legal risks to buying and using abortion pills outside of the health care system. Repro Legal Helpline* has more information about this.

Plan C* has more information about the difference between getting an abortion from a doctor or nurse, like the staff at your local Planned Parenthood, and a self-managed abortion, including legal considerations.

If you have any concerns about your health, including any symptoms you're experiencing during or after an abortion, Planned Parenthood is here to help (even if we didn't provide your abortion).

*Note: Planned Parenthood is not responsible for nor does it endorse any legal, medical, or other advice or information provided by any of the entities identified or referenced herein or by any other third parties, whether referenced herein or not.

Check out Ask The Experts for more Q&As on a ton of different health topics.