Missed Your Period? Don’t Want to be Pregnant? There is an App for That


by Karen Gardiner

December 3, 2012





“To avoid judgement and fear, it is always useful step into the shoes of another person. I invite you into mine.”


So begins the journey of a 19-year-old Mexican named Claudia, protagonist of an inventive computer game.

¿No Te Baja? which translates as Missed Your Period? makes use of bright colors, engaging cartoon characters and relatable, non-technical, language to inform and guide users through the steps they can take to terminate a pregnancy using Misoprostol. The website takes the form of an interactive, Choose Your Own Adventure style game, where users click through to different scenarios that change according to their own personal situation and decisions.


Misoprostol, a drug used to treat ulcers, is easily available for purchase throughout Mexico, and, unlike in the United States, does not require a prescription. Use of Misoprostol to terminate pregnancy is widespread in parts of Mexico where abortion is illegal, but pharmacy workers often lack the knowledge of how the drug should correctly be administered — and criminalization means that helpful information is scarce.


Although abortion of up to 12 weeks of pregnancy is available on demand in Mexico City, the situation is quite different in the rest of the country. In fact, Mexico City’s 2007 legalization of abortion prompted a backlash from 17 other states, which passed amendments stating that life begins at conception, ushering in a much stricter enforcement of already existing anti-abortion laws.


Users of No Te Baja, through the actions of Claudia and her boyfriend, go through each detailed step of the process of self-administering a medication abortion: from the initial pregnancy test to the decision whether or not to involve the partner; the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy to calculating gestational age to indicate whether or not use of Misoprostol will be effective-and if it will be safe to self-administer.


The game advises that Misoprostol can be purchased in most pharmacies and that it may be sold under various other commercial names including Cytotec, Cyrox, and Tomispral.  Users receive detailed information on how to administer Misoprostol through the mouth or the vagina, noting that, in the event of having to seek medical attention, medical personnel would likely be able to detect the remnants of the pills inside the vagina- important information for women living in areas where they can be prosecuted for inducing an abortion.


The central Mexican state of Guanajuato, where hospital staff report suspicious miscarriages to the police, is one such place. The Nation described the state’s approach to dealing illegal abortion in a January 2012 article by Mary Cuddehe:


“The state has opened at least 130 investigations into illegal abortions over the past decade, according to research by women’s rights groups, and fourteen people, including three men, have been criminally convicted. Given Mexico’s 2 percent national conviction rate during its most violent period since the revolution, that’s a successful ratio.”


No Te Baja doesn’t end with the final dosage of medication: users (and Claudia) are informed of what signs to look out for that would require medical attention, and of how to tell if the abortion is incomplete. The final stages of the game offer information on how to avoid another unplanned pregnancy with detailed descriptions of different methods of contraception.

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

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“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics,” a new documentary-style filmproduced by Catholics for Choice, sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality. Catholic bishops the world over have politicized the pulpit, seeking to drown out the voices of Catholics who disagree with them. This film offers a straightforward explanation of what Catholic social teaching really is on the controversial issues that drive the news cycle-and it’s not simply the dictates of the bishops.

“Contrary to popular opinion, there is more to Catholics’ beliefs than what the hierarchy espouses,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “We put together this film with some of the top theologians in the world to get at the heart of Catholic teaching: that people become Catholics through their baptism and are given both a free will and a conscience to make important decisions. We hope that anyone seeking to discuss ‘what Catholics think,’ how they vote or, most importantly, what Catholics believe, will consider this film.”

Please watch the movie, share it with your family and friends, and let us know what you think via e-mail or on our Facebook page.

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Environ 40 millions d’avortements auront lieu dans les pays en voie de développement cette année. La plupart de ces procédures seront non médicalisées et pratiquées dans la clandestinité, avec de graves conséquences sur la vie d’innombrables femmes. Chaque année, 47 000 femmes meurent à cause de complications liées à l’avortement non médicalisé et millions d’autres sont blessées, dont certaines grièvement et de façon permanente. Ces décès et blessures sont presque entièrement évitables.

Afin d’assurer que le débat mondial sur l’avortement non médicalisé et ses conséquences soit informé par des faits, le Guttmacher Institute a créé une courte vidéo présentant les données probantes essentielles sur l’avortement dans le monde.

La vidéo vise à informer les discussions des décideurs, du public et des médias au sujet de la prestation de services d’avortement médicalisé – des services essentiels aux soins de santé reproductive qui sont bénéfiques pour les femmes, leurs enfants et la société. La vidéo fait ressortir plusieurs points clés:

  • Partout dans le monde, des femmes se font avorter, et ce pour des raisons similaires qui incluent le manque de moyens d’élever un enfant ou un enfant de plus, l’instabilité de leur relation et le besoin de poursuivre leurs études.
  • La fréquence de l’avortement a beaucoup moins à voir avec son statut juridique qu’avec le taux de grossesses non planifiées, la cause fondamentale de la plupart des avortements. Les taux de grossesses non planifiées sont directement liés à l’accès aux services de planification familiale de qualité.
  • La meilleure façon de réduire le recours à l’avortement n’est pas en niant aux femmes l’accès à des procédures médicalisées et légales, mais en leur donnant le pouvoir de contrôler leur fécondité et de prévenir les grossesses non désirées. Aujourd’hui, 222 millions de femmes dans les pays en voie de développement veulent éviter une grossesse, mais n’utilisent pas de méthode contraceptive moderne.

Réduire l’incidence de l’avortement non médicalisé est un impératif de santé publique. C’est un droit fondamental de chaque femme de pouvoir décider si et quand elle veut avoir un enfant, sans devoir mettre sa santé ou sa vie en danger.

Vous pouvez regarder la vidéo sur notre chaîne YouTube. S’il-vous-plaît partagez la vidéo, ainsi que vos réactions sur notre page Facebook.

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An estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world this year. Most of these procedures will be clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women’s lives. Every year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion and millions more are injured, some seriously and permanently. These deaths and injuries are almost entirely preventable.

To help ensure that the global debate about unsafe abortion and its consequences is informed by facts, the Guttmacher Institute has created a short video presenting key evidence on abortion worldwide. video aims to inform discussions by policymakers, the public and the media about the provision of safe abortion services—making clear that such services are essential to reproductive health care which in turn benefits women, their children and society. The video makes several key points:

  • Women have abortions in all parts of the world and they have them for similar reasons, which include being unable or too poor to care for a child or additional children, not being in a stable relationship, and needing to finish their education.
  • The frequency of abortion has much less to do with its legal status than with levels of unintended pregnancy, the root cause of most abortions. Unintended pregnancy rates have everything to do with whether a woman has access to quality family planning services.
  • The best way to reduce the need for abortion is not by denying women access to safe and legal procedures, but by giving them the power to control their fertility and prevent unintended pregnancy. Today, 222 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive.

Reducing the incidence of unsafe abortion is a public health imperative. It is the basic right of every woman to be able to make her own childbearing decisions without having to put her health or her life at risk.

You can watch the video on our YouTube channel. Please consider sharing it with others and tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Moroccan warships block entrance of Women on Waves ship in the harbor of Smir.

The Moroccan authorities have taken action against the ship of Women on Waves that was due to arrive in the harbor of Smir at 13.00 today. Marina Smir has been completely closed. Warships now block the entrance for the ship of Women on Waves. Despite this obstacle and the presence of intensive Moroccan police security, Women on Waves will not this to prohibit the dissemination about the availability of safe medical abortion for Moroccan women.

The ship will also launch a hotline number 0633234333 where women can get information about safe medical abortion. A medicine called misoprostol, that can be used to induce a safe abortion at home (till 12 weeks of pregnancy) is available in Morocco under the brand name Artotec. Misoprostol is on WHO’s List of Essential Medicines. Unfortunately, most women are not aware of this safe abortion method that requires only 12 tablets of Artotec. The WHO’s recommended method of medical abortion is 4 tablets of misoprostol (200 mcg) administered under the tongue. Up to three repeat doses of 800 μg can be administered at intervals of at least 3 hours, but for no longer than 12 hours.

Women on Waves is currently working on alternative strategy for the ship to reach coastline of Morocco.

Vatican occupied by abortion rights activists!


The Vatican is decorated with a banner displaying the text “Abortion Pills, A Gift From God” and instructions how to do an abortion yourself with a medicine called misoprostol.


Visitors to the Vatican can see the banner after downloading the application Junaio from on their smart phones or tablets, click on the magnifying glass in the right corner, search for “abortion”, click on the “Women on Waves “log and turn till the small yellow dot in the right upper corner falls in the highlighted beam.


When looking at St. Peter’s Cathedral through the smartphone or tablet using the app, the big billboard hanging from the sky pops up in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Not only the Vatican, but religious and governmental buildings all over the world have been virtually occupied. The action is an initiative by Women on Waves in collaboration with Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights.


The action is marking September 28 th, the international Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion.  With the action Women on Waves wants to ensure that women all over the world have access to information how to do a safe abortion with a medicine called Misoprostol, which is on the list of essential medicines of the WHO.


For more information about the action, please go to


List of places where the banners can be seen:



Casa del Gobierno, Buenos Aires 

Cathedral of La Plata, La Plata

Municipality Building of La Plata, La Plata

Congreso de la Nación, Buenos Aires



Pearl Roundabout



Mirante do Vale, São Paulo

Mosteiro de São Bento, São Paulo

Teatro Municipal, São Paulo

Comissão Municipal de Direitos Humanos, Sao Paulo

Tribunal De Justiça, São Paulo

Palácio Araguaia, Palmas

Catedral Metropolitana de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora

Centro Empresarial Albert Ganimi, Juiz de Fora,

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro,

Cathedral of Brasilia, Brasilia,



La Moneda Palace, Santiago

Catedral Evangelica, Santiago



Fiscalia General de la Nación, Bogotá

Procuraduria General de la Nación, Bogotá

Catedral Primada de Bogotá

Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Santiago 

National Congress, Santiago,


Dominican Republic

National Palace, Port-au-Prince



Virgen de Quito, Quito,



El-Tahrir Square, Cairo,



Congreso Nacional de la República Tegucigalpa

Cathedral, Tegucigalpa, Honduras



Matthias Church, Budapest,



Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Gateway of India, Mumbai, India



The National Monument, Jakarta,

Borobudur, Magelang,



The Iranian Parliament, Tehran



St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin



Iraqi Parliament Building, Baghdad



Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem

Western Wall, Jerusalem



St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome,



Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo



Raghadan Palace, Amman,



Kenya Parliament Buildings, Nairobi

Supreme Court, Nairobi

Jamia Mosque, Nairobi



Petronas Twins Towers, Kuala Lumpur



St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta,



Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City, Mexico city



Assembly of Representatives of Morocco, Rabat



Corte Suprema de Justicia, Managua,

National Assembly of Nicaragua, Managua,



National Assembly of Nigeria, Abuja,


Northern Ireland

Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

St. Peter’s cathedral, Belfast

St. Columb’s Cathedral, Derry


Palestine Authority

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem



Cathedral of Lima, Plaza de Armas, Lima



Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, Manilla,

Quiapo Church, Manilla,

San Agustin Church, Manilla,



National Stadium, Warsaw,

The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

Parliament Building, Warsaw



The Cathedral of Christ the Savior



Fakr ad-din Mosque, Mogadishu



Cathedral, Barcelona

Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

Catedral, Granada

Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Granada,

Ministerio de Justicia y Congreso de los Diputados, Madrid



Presidential Palace, Paramaribo



Parliament Buildings, Dar Es Salaam,

St. Joseph Cathedral, Dar Es Salaam,

Azania Front Lutheran Church, Dar Es Salaam



Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok



Assemblee Nationale,



Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul,

Grand National Assembly of Turkey, ankara


United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, Dubai


United Kingdom

London Bridge, London


Unites States

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco,

The White House, Washington

Statue of liberty, New York


28 September – International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion!!


This day of action is co-ordinated by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, theLatin American and Caribbean Campaña 28 de Septiembre, and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights. We call for action in every country in support of women’s right to safe abortion as a public health and human rights issue.


In every world region, in as many as 50 countries, abortion rights groups, women’s health and rights and human rights groups and other NGOs, as well as national coalitions, regional networks and international organisations who support safe abortion have responded to this call.

This global map gives a snapshot of all the activities taking place and will continue to be updated.


Reports from around the world of these activities can be found at: 

These activities include: public meetings, press conferences, demonstrations, debates, information days, solidarity campaigns, parliamentary lobbying, street theatre, flash mobs, discussion groups, tweetathons, blogs, reports, book launches, radio and TV programmes, films, videos, festivals, values clarification workshops, creating artwork and selling bags/shirts/hats with slogans on them, distributing informative newsletters and leaflets, and holding local and community-based awareness-raising activities.


The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion was launched in April 2012. It has been endorsed by more than 620 groups and individuals all over the world in just a few months. We believe in and advocate for safe and legal abortion as a woman’s human right. Women must be able to take decisions about their own bodies and health care free from coercion: this includes the decision to carry a pregnancy to term or seek an abortion. No woman should be obliged to continue an unwanted pregnancy.

  • Women’s human rights should be respected, protected and fulfilled.
  • No woman’s health or life should be placed at risk because safe abortion services are not available to her.
  • Abortion should not be restricted, prohibited or criminalised.

Read the full statement from the Campaign for 28 September.

Join us on Twitter: @Safeabortion1

We invite everyone who supports women’s right to safe abortion to join the Campaign:

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