Self Managed: An Abortion Story in Eight Parts is a podcast series that dives into the practice of self-managed abortion (SMA). We’ve interviewed people with wide-ranging perspectives on the medical, legal, technological, and personal questions that arise within SMA. Our vision is to build a chorus of voices that demystifies SMA in a free, user-friendly platform.
Part 1: A Story To Introduce Self Managed Abortion
Susan Yanow, a longtime reproductive rights activist, defines “self managed abortion” and what it means to feel safe and supported. This episode offers insight into global organizing efforts for SMA access. Susan addresses some of the challenges of online activism and making information accessible and safe for those who are looking for it.
Part 2: Choosing Self Managed Abortion
A person shares their story about self managing. This episode offers insight into the feelings, fears and dreams that arose for one person as they experienced self managing. Anonymous invites us into the experience of what it feels like to share one’s abortion story and redefines what it means to be a “responsible person.”
Part 3: The Abortion Pill, RU486
Beverly Winikoff, a professor and public health expert, walks us through the advent of the abortion pill, RU486 and how the pills move across the globe. This episode gives listeners an inside scoop on what happened behind laboratory doors upon discovering the abortion pill, RU486.
Part 4: Criminalizing Pregnant People
Farah Diaz-Tello, a reproductive justice lawyer, describes the legal landscape of SMA and the history of criminalizing pregnant people in the US. This episode offers an origin story for the criminalization of abortion, and an overview of some of the legal risks that arise within it. Farah invites us into the thicket of legal restrictions on self-managed abortion, explaining how states and prosecutors have gotten creative in punishing pregnant people for ending their pregnancies on their own terms.
Part 5: Midwives & Home Abortion
Molly Dutton-Kenny, a full spectrum midwife, discusses home abortions and the persecution of midwives and community providers across history. Molly grows our conception of “safety” and invites us into the world of using plant medicines for abortion care and fertility support. She shares personal stories about her experiences with self-managed care.
Part 6: Abortion Access in the Mountains
A member of the all-volunteer doula collective, Mountain Access Brigade, organizes to support abortion seekers in a state tied with the higest number of registered hate groups. In this episode, we learn how digital abortion doulas are bringing the GynePunk movement to Appalachia. “Katie” addresses questions about online surveillance, autonomy, and inclusivity for folx who are especially affected by over-policing and a lack of access to comprehensive care.
Extremely well done
Very impressive and so important in todays world. Thank you for continuing to do the work.
Important info confused about…
Confused about “people with uterus” or “pregnant people”. It is women who have a uterus right? Women get pregnant right?
Thank you for sharing this information.
Outstanding and timely series
This series is a very impressive feat of journalism and story-telling. Each episode features eloquent, powerful voices on the important - and poorly understood - topic of self-managed abortion. It also explores broader issues around reproductive health and rights, racial justice, access to health care during the COV-19 pandemic, and gender equality. Each episode also includes a well-curated list of resources and links and the series is fully transcribed in English and Spanish. Highly recommended!