Abortion Pill Used In A Quarter Of Early Abortions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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One family health expert says a new abortion study is the first to show how "safe and effective" the so-called abortion pill is.

The study by Planned Parenthood analyzed medical abortions carried out at its centers over a two-and-a-half-year period. That's about 228,000 cases. It found that the abortion pill was about 98.5-percent effective. And it also found that changes in how it was given dramatically reduced the risk of a dangerous infection.

The two-pill procedure is carried out during the first nine weeks of a pregnancy. It's currently used in about a-quarter of early abortions. And Dr. Beverly Winikoff of Columbia University says the study's results will likely encourage more women to choose the pill as an alternative to the surgical procedure.

The results are being published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.


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