Plan C is a small but mighty team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists and digital strategists.
We envision a world in which the ability to end an early pregnancy is in the hands of those who need it.
Founded in 2015 and led by Francine Coeytaux, MPH, and Elisa Wells, MPH, Plan C is under the fiscal sponsorship of the National Women’s Health Network, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
In the mid 1990s, founders Elisa Wells and Francine Coeytaux were on the team to bring Plan B, the “morning after pill,” over the counter – a long but successful journey catalyzing business, FDA and public goals. (Read From Secret to Shelf, 1999)
In the fall of 2016, right as the administration turned over, we launched a website to share information about online abortion pills and self-managed abortion.
Soon after, we noticed online pharmacies selling “abortion kits.” We researched and tested these pharmacies and published this research as the Plan C Report Card, documenting the sources from which people were clearly finding pills online.
In the next three years, our website grew and the Plan C data and team were featured in major publications worldwide.
In 2018 we laid the groundwork for a study with UCSF to demonstrate online access to abortion pills throughout California. But the FDA refused to approve the study, for the same reason the restrictions remain in place— politics. Instead, we took our idea to the state of Washington, where a respected clinic ran with it instead.
By now, dozens of websites were selling abortion pills, most from within the United States. This was unprecedented. But still there were so many people reaching out to reproductive health organizations, asking for help in self-managing their abortion--and no US organization was able to step up. So AidAccess.org came online to serve the US from the Netherlands, helping around 1,000 people/month with medically-supported at-home abortion care. By operating from outside the US, they were able to sidestep the politics of abortion for the time being.
By 2019 the Plan C website was receiving upwards of 50,000 hits/month, from all over the US, with over half of those visitors seeking out the Report Card. The work of the Plan C team was featured in major press and led to speaking engagements at events like Essence Festival and the Cycles+Sex Conference (now allbodies.com).
In April 2020, as the global pandemic hit, Plan C sent a call-out to medical providers across the nation, asking them to step up and consider providing telemedicine and pills shipped directly to patients during the pandemic. Hundreds responded to the call. In collaboration with University of Washington, Plan C developed a Toolkit to assist them as they begin to revolutionize access to early abortion across the U.S.
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Plan C is in solidarity with the Black community in the fight for racial justice.
As the founding mothers and current leaders of the reproductive justice movement have taught us, reproductive justice is inextricably linked to racial justice. Without racial justice, we can never hope to achieve reproductive justice. Likewise, it is impossible to achieve racial justice without doing the work of reproductive justice.
As a predominantly white organization, we recognize that we have been operating under particular values and perspectives. Plan C is committed to continuous reflection, learning, and action to center the needs, voices, and ideas of Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color as we work towards a more equitable society, including reproductive and racial justice for all.
Black Lives Matter.
As part of this work, the Plan C Ambassadors of Information program is launching the Equity Advancers Committee. If you are interested in joining this Committee or would like to share your thoughts about our commitments moving forward, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike the anti-choice zealots who harangue and threaten while seeking to impose their religious beliefs on other women and take away their reproductive autonomy, Ms. Merrill, Coeytaux and Wells are calmly working on a project to help women, particularly the most vulnerable, maintain a Constitutionally guaranteed right. I see no zealots in the photo: only four strong, thoughtful, and compassionate women. They are an inspiration, and I wish them Godspeed in their efforts.”