‘Medicine Collective’ teaches women how to make homemade abortion pills


The Four Thieves Vinegar Collective shares video instructions on making do-it-yourself abortion pills following the revelation that the Supreme Court may be set to overturn Roe v. Wade. Above, a woman looks at an image of mifepristone pills on a cellphone in Arlington, Va., May 8, 2020.
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Anarchist collective shares what it says are video instructions for do-it-yourself abortion pills following revelation that Supreme Court backs overturn Roe vs. Wade.

A video from the Four Vinegar Thieves Collective, a group that claims to teach people to “make their own medicine”, instructs abortion seekers on how to make misoprostol and mifepristone, two of the most common drugs used to induce abortions. The video was first posted by collective leader Mixael Laufer last year following the passage of a Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks, according to Vice.

Monday evening Policy the release of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft majority opinion, which would effectively eliminate federal abortion rights protections if it becomes final, has prompted Laufer and others to repeatedly re-share video on social networks.

In the video, Laufer says that misoprostol is 85% effective in causing abortions and explains that DIY pills can be made by sourcing the active ingredient from veterinary medicine, due to the drug being used to treat ulcers in horses.

Neither the safety nor the effectiveness of DIY pills is clear. Even legitimately manufactured versions of the drugs have potential side effects which can include excessive bleeding and require emergency medical attention.

In a 2018 blog post by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe discussed a precedent Vice article on Four Vinegar Thieves Collective and called its efforts to teach DIY medicine making “largely bulls**t”.

Laufer notes in the homemade abortion pills video that “there are many established organizations that do a really good job of helping you get an abortion if you need it,” adding that using an established source and legal was “probably your best bet.”

When acquired from legitimate sources, misoprostol is usually taken in combination with mifepristone, a drug that is more difficult to make at home due to the greater difficulty in finding its active ingredient. Laufer said the effectiveness increased to 95% when the two drugs were used together.

Health care providers like Planned Parenthood can help those seeking abortions find generally manufactured and regulated versions of the same medications, though a course can cost $150 or more and restrictions in several states can make it difficult to obtain. obtaining medication.

Some groups also work to mail legitimate pills to areas where they may be difficult or impossible to obtain, with financial assistance widely available. There are at least 26 states that are likely or certain to ban abortion if Roe vs. Wade is cancelled, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Newsweek contacted Planned Parenthood and Four Vinegar Thieves Collective for comment.




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