Are ‘home remedies’ for abortion safe? (Experts say no.)

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022, decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, people promptly turned to the internet to search for and share “home remedies” for abortion. While some of the trending remedies are relatively harmless, albeit ineffective, others can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening, experts told Live Science.  

Home remedies for abortion are “really never safe,” whether they involve herbs, supplements, douching, self-injury or drugs intended for other purposes, Dr. Melissa Simon, a professor and obstetrician-gynecologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, told Live Science. “They’re not safe, and we as physicians and clinicians do not recommend any of them.”