MYA Network is a clinician-led not-for-profit. Our goal is to normalize abortion care, medically and culturally.
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We are activist clinicians who are working to integrate early abortion services into routine medical care, starting with making abortion pills by mail available in every state.
GREEN – MYA Network Clinicians Are Providing Telemedicine Abortion Care
YELLOW – MYA Network Is Working To Partner With Clinicians
RED – Telemedicine Abortion Is Prohibited Directly Or Indirectly
Abortion pills can now be provided through telemedicine, enabling the clinician to provide abortion care for an entire state where they are licensed.
A Personal Message From Dr. Joan Fleischman – New York
Since 1973, most abortions have been provided in specialized abortion clinics. While heroic, this model of care makes it easier for politicians to target and shut down abortion clinics and for patients to be harassed when accessing care. If abortions were provided as part of regular medical care in primary care offices, it would be much harder to target and patients would have more privacy.
Early abortion can be safely integrated into primary health care. The two non-surgical methods that make this possible are the Abortion Pill and Manual Uterine Aspiration. MYA Network is helping more clinicians provide these services.
Find clinicians who will provide abortion pills by mail
Establish abortion services in their medical practices
Help patients find these clinicians
Make abortion care more accessible!
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Normalizing Abortion CareEarly abortion is NORMAL, safe and common. Help us turn this map green by ensuring there is accessible abortion care in every state. Abortion is LEGAL in the USA and should not be restricted. MYA Network wants to take the heroism out of abortion care by expanding the pool of primary care clinicians who provide early abortion. MYA Network clinicians provide personalized abortion care, beginning with the abortion pill, and adding MUA where they’re able. We are adding our names, faces, and voices to the conversation because abortion care is healthcare, NOT politics.$511.00 donated
Abortion is a medical decision that should be made privately between a patient and their clinician.
By donating, you can help us invest in a new generation of clinicians who are providing essential first trimester abortion care.
Where will my money go?
Right now we are raising SEED MONEY for MYA Network to grow. So far we have been 100% volunteer based. We are raising $150,000 for staff to identify and support new clinicians and provide patients with information and financial support. Staff will actively reach out to clinicians and patients, organize fundraisers, and create events to build our community. Our goal is to improve the way abortion care is provided in the US, and it’s a big infrastructure change so it will take a lot of work. Please join us!
Can you explain the red, yellow, and green states on the map?
In 2021, the FDA lifted its restrictions on how to dispense the abortion pill. Clinicians can now offer abortion through telemedicine, and they can mail abortion pills directly to their patients. One clinician can now help patients throughout the entire state where they are licensed.
Green states are where we have MYA Network primary care clinicians who are mailing abortion pills to patients in their state. We are working to link patients to these clinicians.
Yellow states are where we are looking to identify primary care clinicians who will mail the abortion pills to patients in their states.
Red states have specific laws that make the provision of abortion pills through telemedicine difficult or impossible. In these states we will have to challenge the laws, while we also identify primary care clinicians who will provide on-site abortion care (in-person abortion pills and manual uterine aspiration).
How will MYA Network find new clinicians?
In a word, networking. Early abortion care is fully within the scope of primary care clinicians (including family doctors, nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants) and with your donations we will hire someone who can reach out to other clinicians to grow this movement. We will reach out via existing abortion advocacy groups, listservs, and professional organizations. We will emphasize that, medically speaking, it’s simple to provide safe abortion care! We will support these clinicians to get started through clinical training, practice management support, and ongoing mentorship.
How will MYA Network connect patients to these clinicians?
What does “normalizing abortion” mean?
It means taking the shame out of abortion, which is fundamentally a right to make a decision about one’s own body. It is “normal” to be in control over yourself and your future. No one should be able to tell a person what to do with their body, and abortion should be as accessible as any other health care. It means emphasizing abortion as health care, not politics. MYA Network knows this normalization will start to happen when we integrate abortion into regular primary care medical practices, and when clinicians speak up about abortion as health care. We have also created “MYA Voices” – a podcast series – where people who have had abortions can speak openly about their decision.
What is primary care based abortion?
Primary care based abortion is an abortion provided by a primary care clinician in a regular medical office. Primary care clinicians (including family doctors, nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants) are interested in treating the whole patient – not just one part of them. This doesn’t mean more specialized clinicians can’t do this also, but primary care clinicians are experts in the biological and the emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of medical care as well. Primary care clinicians strive to be “patient-centered,” which means they first have to understand their patients’ needs and desires in order to provide good care. The patient knows what is best for them, and as clinicians we have knowledge and experience that may be able to help. Early abortion care is medically simple and safely provided by primary care clinicians. Some early abortion services can be offered through telemedicine, and others can be provided in an office just like where you would have a routine medical visit.
What is the Abortion Pill?
“The abortion pill” is the common name for the pills that can be used to end an early pregnancy. The most effective combination of pills are mifepristone (which blocks the pregnancy hormone) and misoprostol (which causes the uterus to contract and pass the early pregnancy tissue out of the body). In many places the abortion pill can now be prescribed without a visit to a medical office, making it the most accessible abortion method available. This is also called a “medication abortion” because it uses medications (pills) instead of a procedure.
What is Manual Uterine Aspiration?
MUA (manual uterine aspiration) is a quick, simple, and gentle in-office procedure that is used to end an early pregnancy. It can be used for abortion, miscarriage treatment, and for failed or incomplete medication abortions. It is not surgery and can be completed in a regular exam room (like getting a pap test). There is no special preparation or recovery needed – people can go right back to their normal activities afterward. Other names for this method include manual vacuum aspiration (mva), aspiration procedure, SofTouch, menstrual extraction, and menstrual regulation.
What is surgical abortion?
Surgical abortion is any procedure to end an early pregnancy that is performed in an operating room. Abortion clinics have typically offered surgical abortions, which require sedation, fasting from the night before, and going to a recovery room afterward. Some of the procedures performed in operating rooms are called a D&C (dilation and curettage) or D&E (dilation and extraction).
It is no longer necessary to go through a surgical experience when you are ending your pregnancy in the first trimester. Clinicians can offer natural, safe and effective methods – The Abortion Pill or MUA.
MYA Network is a project of The Community Health Promotion Project (CHPP), a 501(c)(3) EIN: 06-1646697. All donations are tax-exempt.
The Community Health Promotion Project is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit launched in 2002 to promote the integration of comprehensive reproductive health services into primary care medical practices and support clinicians to establish these new models of patient-centered reproductive care.