It’s 2020, and it seems you can order virtually anything online. Amazon will even deliver your orders the next day, and groceries can be delivered right to your doorstep with a few clicks on the store’s website.  Ordering online is easy. It’s also anonymous. Because of that, you may wonder if it’s safe to purchase the abortion pill online.

Here are seven reasons why it’s not a good idea to order the abortion pill online:

1. FDA requires physician oversight

The FDA has a set of requirements regarding the abortion pill designed with your safety and health in mind. One of those requirements is that a physician oversees the administration of the abortion pill. This is because it’s actually a series of two pills, one to be taken at least 24 hours after the first. All medications require doctor supervision to make sure you take the correct dosage at the right time. The abortion pill is no different than other medications in this regard.

3. It could be illegal

Buying the abortion pill online means bypassing important safety regulations the FDA has put in place to protect you. Because it goes against FDA regulations, you could be violating the law by ordering it online and subject to legal charges and potential prosecution.

4. The contents are questionable

If the abortion pills you order online come from a foreign website, they are not the FDA-approved drugs, and the contents are questionable. There’s no way to verify if the pills contain the right dosage amount or if they’re even the drugs they claim to be. As a result, your overall health could be compromised. You deserve better than to take potentially dangerous pills obtained online.

5. The abortion pill is a medical procedure

Just because this type of abortion happens via pills, and not surgery doesn’t mean that it’s like taking a Tylenol or other over-the-counter drug. It has a serious impact on your body in the way that it ends the pregnancy and should be overseen by medical professionals. You still need an ultrasound before taking the pills to know for sure that your pregnancy is viable and not ectopic; the pill won’t impact an ectopic pregnancy, and it’s important to know that right away.

6. The abortion pill cost is too high

It may seem cheaper and easier to order the abortion pill online, but it’s not worth the potential cost to your health. If the pills you order are faulty, it could cause lasting damage to your body. If the dosage is not strong enough, the pills may not work, and you’d need to get a surgical abortion, which can be more expensive. The pills can take at least two weeks to arrive via mail, so if they don’t arrive on time, you may have paid for them and still need a surgical abortion. Your health matters more than the convenience of getting pills online when you don’t really know if the contents are safe or not.

7. You deserve professional care

At the end of the day, whether you take the abortion pill or have a surgical abortion, it’s still a serious medical procedure with risks and side effects. You deserve the oversight of a trained professional making sure everything is working the way it’s supposed to. You deserve the best care possible. Abortion pills ordered online can’t deliver that for you.

Contact North Care

North Care Women’s Clinic provides free education, medical services, and care for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. Schedule an appointment to speak with a nurse about your abortion pill questions and concerns.  

North Care Women’s Clinic does not provide the abortion pill, we provide the information you will need in order to decide if the abortion pill is right for you by verifying if your pregnancy is viable, determining how far along you are, and educating you on all your options. We know how scary and overwhelming that can feel, and we’re here for you to help you make decisions confidently that are good for your health. You don’t have to navigate this alone.