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THE SAFE ABORTION ASSISTANT – ALLY

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Did you know that every year, approximately 73.3 million abortions are recorded and amongst these, nearly one-half (45%) are unsafe abortions? Unsafe abortion is a huge menace to women’s health. It is one of the leading causes of maternal death and every year, 4.7-13.2% of maternal deaths are attributed to unsafe abortion (WHO, 2020). Not only does it cause deaths, but around 7 million women are also admitted to hospitals in developing countries each year because of complications relating to unsafe abortion. 

Any woman with an unintended pregnancy who doesn’t have access to safe abortion is at risk of unsafe abortion and the dangers associated. It is such a pressing issue! So, it is not enough to talk about unsafe abortions once or twice a year. We should be talking about it every day and doing all we can to erase the likelihood of women opting for unsafe abortions as the years go by.

One way to ensure that safe abortion is accessible to every woman around the world is to provide them with accurate information about safe abortion. Unfortunately, even though abortion is legal in several countries, most of the citizens aren’t aware of it. So many people in African countries like Ghana and Nigeria, do not know about the abortion laws in their countries. They assume that it is illegal, so they hop on the internet or speak to friends for unsafe abortion methods presumed to be effective at terminating pregnancies. Even in countries where abortion is illegal, it is still the fundamental human right of women to have access to accurate information about safe abortion and shown where and how to get abortion pills or undergo a safe, surgical abortion. 

For this reason, Women First Digital, an eHealth social enterprise that’s committed to making sexual and reproductive health services more universally accessible to women and men worldwide, decided to make accessing accurate, legal information about abortion easier for everybody, irrespective of where they are in the world. They launched Ally, a safe abortion, WhatsApp chatbot through one of their online platforms, HowToUse, that provides accurate information about reproductive health to women all over the world in their local language. Isn’t that cool?

ALLY – THE SAFE ABORTION ASSISTANT- A WHATSAPP ABORTION SUPPORT NUMBER 

Ally is a WhatsApp chatbot that was launched on April 7th, 2021, to provide accurate information about safe abortion to women and men all over the world. 

To text the safe abortion assistant, all you need to do is send ‘hi’on WhatsApp to this number: +1 (833) 221-2559. You can connect to the number directly on WhatsApp via this WhatApp Link

Ally works at any time of the day and anywhere in the world. Sending ‘hi’ to Ally’s number on WhatsApp initiates the conversation, and you will get a response in less than a minute. The first reply you get mentions four different topics/questions that you can choose from depending on the question you have in mind about safe abortion or the information you seek to gain about safe abortion. [SEE THE IMAGE BELOW]

Ally- the safe abortion WhatsApp assistant

If you think about how much time it can take to find accurate information about anything related to safe abortion, like where to buy abortion pills in your country, city or town, or how to have a safe abortion at home, etc. you will see how important Ally is to women’s health. 

I’m an advocate for safe abortion and I understand how the internet is filled with all kinds of information that might not always be accurate depending on what website or blog you are visiting, I think Ally is such a great solution that will save the lives of many women worldwide. 

One thing I love about Ally is the autonomy it affords women all over the world in making decisions about their bodies and their reproductive health without consulting anyone but their phones. Wherever you are, you can text Ally, get all the answers and information you need about how old your pregnancy is, what abortion method will work for the stage of your pregnancy, what you need to do throughout the process, and post-abortion care.  

SAVE ALLY’S CONTACT ON YOUR PHONE!

I would advise you to have Ally’s number saved on your phone. You can click this WhatsApp link to save the number now and right after, share it with your friends, relatives, acquaintances, and followers! Women all over the world deal with unintended pregnancies day in, day out because of contraceptive failure, accidents, etc. Having the option to terminate a pregnancy safely without long-term consequences to their fertility and health is very necessary. 

Ally makes getting access to safe abortion services easy. If you even need to talk to a counselor, Ally can help you with that. 

WHAT ALLY CAN HELP YOU WITH

  1. Access to safe abortion in your city, town, or country
  2. Calculate the age of your pregnancy 
  3. The safe abortion process 
  4. How to use the abortion pills
  5. Where to get the abortion pills near you
  6. What you can do and what you shouldn’t do during an abortion
  7. Information about the safety of abortion 
  8. Understanding the abortion laws in your country 
  9. Post-abortion care
  10. Any question related to abortion or help you might need 

THE GROWING GAP BETWEEN ACCESS TO SAFE ABORTION AND AFFORDABILITY

One huge problem related to safe abortion that people face worldwide is the expenses involved. Individuals and businesses all over the world tend to make huge profits off selling abortion pills at outrageous prices to women when abortion pills shouldn’t be too expensive (between USD 5 – USD 30). Ignorance about where to get access to service providers who sell abortion pills at the right, affordable price is the reason why such individuals are still in business. 

Luckily, Ally is here to solve that problem. Texting ‘hi’ to Ally can help you find out where to buy abortion pills at an affordable price near you. You can also find where to access surgical abortion near you with Ally. 

So, how about saving Ally’s number on your phone right now? It doesn’t matter whether you have never had to deal with an unintended pregnancy, or whether you are on a reliable contraceptive, or whether you aren’t having sex, accidents happen, contraceptive failures are a thing and anyone you know can have an unintended pregnancy they’d want to terminate. 

You can also try texting ‘hi’ to Ally to see how the chatbot works and confirm everything I’ve said in this article. Remember, abortions are normal, common and effective, and unsafe abortion is fatal. Always choose safe abortion!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I will answer in no time. 

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE, WRITER, SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EXPERT

Ami Shikah is a sex educator and mental health advocate. She is passionate about sex education and is working towards making her website/blog a place where people come to for knowledge and information that will help them make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. Mental health isn't treated with much importance in her part of the world (Ghana, Africa) and as someone who has had to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts, she hopes to share her experiences with the world and help other people like her. She has in-depth knowledge about sex, sexual health, sexuality, vaginal health, pregnancy and abortion and is working to share it all with the world. She has also made it possible for people to ask questions and get answers to them anytime.

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