Can Abortion Pills be the Solution to Japans Invasive Termination Process?

Can Abortion Pills be the Solution to Japans Invasive Termination Process?
Self-Managed Abortion Is Medically Very Safe. But Is It Legally Safe?, Ms Magazine.

17-01-2022

Naomi Loond 

Japan and Human Rights Researcher, 

Global Human Rights Defence. 

Protests have been occurring globally against governments that have prohibited abortion. Women around the world have come together to fight this law with statements such as “my body, my choice” and “my body, my rights.” England, Ireland, Poland, and The United States are a few of the many countries who continue to have constant protests against laws that take away a woman’s choice, and the unnecessarily difficult process of termination. 

Recently, a woman, Aoyama, in Japan came out with her story about how abortion journey and how difficult it was physically and mentally. She was a victim of domestic violence and knew it was in her best interest to not have a child. She was not feeling mentally capable, and found it unfair to bring a child into her world when she was not ready to raise one. Her fear was that she would take out her unresolved anger and feelings on the child. Thus, she decided to terminate her pregnancy. However, the termination process in Japan is very invasive and physically/mentally exhausting. Not only was her body in extreme pain, she was also drowning in guilt of feeling that she had killed her kid. 

Now, health experts are considering allowing abortion pills, which she claims would’ve been better. The problem is that doctors are planning to make the abortion pill as expensive as the surgery creating outrage from activists claiming that doctors only care about their business. There needs to be an easier, cheaper, and more accessible option for abortion not only for women with lower incomes, but for those who wish to save themselves from adding horrific physical pain to their already existing mental pain. 

Sources and further reading: 

Baker, C. (2020). Self-Managed Abortion Is Medically Very Safe. But Is It Legally Safe?. Retrieved 17 January 2022, from https://msmagazine.com/2020/04/01/self-managed-abortion-is-medically-very-safe-but-is-it-legally-safe/ 

Montgomery, H. (2022). Abortion Pills Are Coming to Japan. Doctors Are Pushing Back. Retrieved 17 January 2022, from https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3nze4/japan-abortion-pills 

My Body My Rights. (2021). Retrieved 17 January 2022, from https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/my-body-my-rights/