In Lesotho, women say they're finding their abortions on Facebook

Updated 5:46 AM ET, Thu March 8, 2018

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Maseru, Lesotho — Mpho opened a new chat on WhatsApp, entered an unfamiliar number, and typed a question she never thought she would have to ask.
  • Mpho When can I get the pills?
  • I'm 7 weeks pregnant.
  • Doctor Tomorrow
  • 1000LSL including womb cleaning.
  • Okay.
  • Does it hurt?
  • No. 9am tomorrow, come by then.
Mpho, who asked that CNN not use her real name, didn't know who she was talking to. She found the phone number on a Facebook post while searching for "abortion pills, Lesotho" online. The person reading her messages