Diverse models of self-managed medication abortion exist—ranging from some interaction with medical personnel to completely autonomous abortion. In this commentary, we propose a new classification of self-managed medication abortion and describe the different modalities. We highlight autonomous abortion accompanied by feminist activists, called “acompañantes,” as a community- and rights-based strategy that can be a safe alternative to clinical abortion services in clandestine as well as legal settings. To improve access, abortion needs to be decriminalized and governments must acknowledge and facilitate the diversity of safe abortion options so women may choose where, when, how, and with whom to abort.
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