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The SIA Legal Team transforms the legal landscape through litigation, public policy advocacy, and organizing to ensure that anyone who ends a pregnancy can do so with dignity and without punishment. We believe everyone should be able to self-determine their reproductive lives and access care in ways that best meet their needs and upholds their dignity, and center our efforts on communities most impacted by criminalization.

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Overzealous lawmakers, prosecutors, and judges have been undermining the abortion right and misusing the legal system by criminalizing self-induced methods of abortion. We are using litigation and legislation innovatively to eliminate threats and increase protections for people involved with self-induced abortion.

WE FACILITATE INFORMATION RELAY

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Every day, people in the U.S. seek information about how to safely and effectively self-administer abortion care. But advocates and service providers, from whom the information is sought, do not know what kinds of data or directions they can share legally with the general public or with individuals. We facilitate internal conversations and external statements or actions regarding SIA by publishing resources for the RHRJ movement(s) to increase understanding of the many facets of SIA and offer technical assistance and trainings to organizations.

WE SUPPORT ACCESS

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Many people cannot access provider-directed abortion care in a clinical setting due to legal restrictions and practical barriers; others prefer self-directed care in a home setting. We are exploring urgent legal questions and develop theories to improve conditions and increase support for self-help and community based abortion.

WE SHIFT CULTURE

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Laws, practices, and perceptions must change in order for people who end their own pregnancies to be safe from arrest. We are engaging lawyers, law students, and faculty to help us pursue litigation, scholarship, and policy advocacy strategies that will end criminalization of self-induced abortion and firmly establish its protection in constitutional and human rights law. 

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Questions about your legal rights and self-managed abortion? Contact our legal​ helpline.