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Self-Managed Abortion: Medicine of the Future? – Making Contact – April 28, 2023

Since Roe V. Wade was overturned last summer, it’s harder than ever to access abortion services. But it’s never been easy in the rural midwest and southern states, even when Roe was the law of the land. We sat down with staff at All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana to talk about how they handle an increase in need for funding the rising cost of abortion.

They do a lot, but there’s one thing they can’t do. They can’t talk to clients about self-managed abortion, even though experts at the World Health Organization say it’s safe and effective.

While abortion is debated in the American court system, we talk with researcher Dr. Melissa Madera to learn about the ways folks are getting access to abortion pills, what to expect from a self-managed abortion and what people should know about the risk of criminalization.



  • Dr. Manjulaa Narasimhan: Scientist, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization
  • Dr. Melissa Madera: Founder of Abortion Diary Podcast, Choix Telehealth team member, Researcher on Project SANA team, Special Projects Consultant for Plan C Pills
  • Jessica Marchbank: State Programs Manager at All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Loretta Ross: Activist, Public Intellectual, Professor, Calling In movement maker, Co-founder of Sister Song, A Godmother to reproductive justice & survivor advocate
  • Wes: Bloomington resident and volunteer at All Options Pregnancy Resource Center


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