Plan C: How To Access Safe Abortion Pills Online

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As lawmakers try to restrict access to abortion services across the United States and especially in Texas, Plan C is trying to help.

Plan C is made up of a small team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists, and digital strategists who are laying the groundwork for over-the-counter access to abortion pills.

Plan C representatives say “We envision a world in which the ability to end an early pregnancy is in the hands of those who need it.”

Founded in 2015 and led by Francine Coeytaux, MPH, and Elisa Wells, MPH, Plan C is supported by the National Women’s Health Network (a nonprofit organization).

Plan C provides a guide to getting abortion pills on its website, with some states offering online access to abortion pills.

The website answers frequently asked questions about the abortion pill process, where to find a pill provider, and provides various support options including links to access doctors, holistic care experts, and counselors at a low or free cost.

Officials with Plan C say the abortion pill, also known as medication abortion, is actually five pills taken one or two days apart.

The abortion pills are a combination of the medications Mifepristone and Misoprostol, and health experts say this combination stops a pregnancy from growing and causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus.

Health officials say the abortion pills are safe and effective for pregnancies of less than 11 weeks, and they have been FDA-approved for the past 20 years.

Although abortion is legal in the United States (and most U.S. Territories) and abortion pills are approved medications, Plan C advocates remind anyone seeking these types of services that getting their hands on the pills may get them into legal trouble.

Officials say since 2000, 24 people who have self-managed an abortion have been prosecuted.

Advocates say to avoid any legal trouble while self-managing an abortion (aka without a prescription from a licensed provider), do not tell anyone you took the medication as it may increase the risk of prosecution.

Officials say there is no way for a medical provider to know whether someone took these specific pills, so if you need to access health services after buying abortion pills online, most people just say they are having a miscarriage.

Plan C advocates say medical providers can give appropriate follow up care for bleeding and pain without having to know whether someone took pills.

Also on Plan C’s website are links to resources for low-cost legal support and information on other abortion options (besides the pill).

Click here to learn more about Plan C.