Other sites have registered a shift too. In January, the leftist publication Jewish Currents published an illustrated how-to guide for self-managing an abortion. At the time, the story blew up, with a large portion of the traffic coming from “hate readers,” according to editor Arielle Angel. In the months that followed, the story was consistently one of the most-read articles on the site, but Angel didn’t notice any other spike in readership until a couple of weeks into March, when cities instituted shelter-in-place orders, and people began to social distance more stringently. On March 22, Angel wrote on Twitter that views on the story were “off the charts.”Most of the traffic, she realized, was coming from Google, which meant that readers were finding the guide by searching for information on self-managed abortion.“To me, it just speaks to the fact that a lot of people are trying to figure out their contingency plan,” Angel told VICE.
"The reason we can say that the symbol of self-managed abortion is a pill and not a coat hanger is only because services like Aid Access made that possible."
Those doctors could then write patients prescriptions for misoprostol, a drug commonly used alongside mifepristone to end a pregnancy, which can also be used on its own. Since it isn’t subjected to the same restrictions as mifepristone, this may be one of the most obvious solutions, but it comes with a trade-off: Though they’re no less safe, misoprostol-only abortions can be slightly less effective. Still, this regimen may become more common if other abortion access points are foreclosed.
"We do anticipate that the sites that ship from the U.S. will run out of product at some point.”