Attorneys must take a bold, public stance in support of reproductive freedom.

Sign on to our statement against the criminalization of self-managed abortion today.

By using the form on the right side of this page to add your name to If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice’s attorney sign-on letter in support of reproductive freedom, you become part of If/When/How’s growing network of lawyers who are ready to leverage their skills, talent, and privilege in the fight against reproductive oppression.

From attacks — both political and violent — on abortion providers, to “personhood” legislation, to six-week abortion bans, to “trigger bans” that would, if Roe v. Wade is reversed, make abortion a crime at the state level, clinical abortion care is increasingly inaccessible. It’s not surprising, then, that some people use abortion pills, traditional herbs, or other means to self-manage their abortion.

The advent of medications that can reliably end a pregnancy has made self-managed abortions safer than ever — if people have access to reliable information, quality medications, and backup medical care if needed. However, since the year 2000, there have been at least 21 known arrests in the United States of people for ending their own pregnancy or helping someone else do so.

This is why attorneys must take a bold, public stance in support of reproductive freedom, and affirm that abortion is not, and should never be, a subject of the criminal code: it is a health issue, and any regulations on abortion should only be designed to further public health and uphold human rights.

Join our statement against the criminalization of self-managed abortion, and share this sign-on page with your colleagues. Together, we will affirm that criminal punishment has no place in reproductive health.

We denounce the criminalization of people’s reproductive lives, and we thank you for standing with us.