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Pandemic drives demand for self-managed abortions

Key clinical point: The COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-clinic abortions and likely increased demand for self-managed abortions in many states.

Major finding: Overall requests for self-managed abortion via a telemedicine service increased by 27% from March 20, 2020, to April 11, 2020.

Study details: The findings come from a review of 49,935 requests received by Aid Access, the sole provider of online abortion telemedicine in the United States, between January 1, 2019, and April 11, 2020.

Disclosures: Dr. Aiken disclosed serving as a consultant for Agile Therapeutics, and one coauthor is the founder and director of Aid Access.


Aiken ARA et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jul 21. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004081.