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Support people who just had abortions by sending them cozy aftercare kits.

Abortion is safe and common. Nearly one in four women in the United States has an abortion by age 45, so everyone loves someone who’s had an abortion. And every person who has an abortion deserves kindness and understanding.

But hurtful attacks on abortion rights can make patients feel shamed for their private medical decisions. You can help show patients they’re not alone by making them a care package.

What's an abortion care kit?

Abortion care kits are assortments of self-care items for patients who just had a medication abortion or in-clinic abortion

Check out events at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center. 

Some Planned Parenthood health centers host care basket parties, where you can make kits with people in your community. This year, Planned Parenthood health centers have hosted dozens of events where people made thousands of abortion care baskets.

Search Planned Parenthood events to see if there’s a care basket event near you. If you don’t see any, send Planned Parenthood a request to host your own

Another option: You can drop your care packages off directly with people you know.

I felt all alone during my abortion — until a volunteer held my hand. Now that abortion has been banned in states across the country, I’m giving patients the kind of care that I got from her: I’m making abortion care kits!

—Ashly from Oregon


How to make an abortion care kit

If someone you know is having an abortion, ask if they want a care package. Plan to give it to them on or before the date of their abortion.

1. Start with a container 

Buy a basket, gift bag, box, or soft package in a size that allows the items you’re using to fit neatly.

If you need to mail it, you may have to put it in a larger box. UPS has tips on picking the right kind.

2. Choose your items. 


  • Personal care: menstrual pads, disposable underpad
  • Warm, comfy things: heating pads, fuzzy socks, bath balm, peppermint tea
  • Cool, soothing things: lotion, ice pack
  • Sweets: honey, chocolate, ginger candy
  • Personalize it: handwritten letter, homemade card

If you know the patient, include some of their favorite things. Are they creative? Try coloring pages. Do they write? Consider a journal.

3. Wrap it up 

Add a special touch with a bow or gift wrap.

4. Hand it off

Put your items in the container and drop it off or mail it. For mailing: Use this calculator to figure out postage; address the package; and send it from your home, USPS post office, or UPS or FedEx store.

Tags: care package, get well soon, gift bag, post-abortion kit, recovery gift basket

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