Dr. Mitchell Creinin, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Davis, said that pregnant women considering their options "are often scared by the rhetoric."
"If a state is going to feel a responsibility to be involved in this private matter, we need to ensure that the material is factual," said Creinin, who wrote an accompanying editorial in the same issue of the journal. "If it comes from the state or the government, people assume it's true," he added.
On its website, the Guttmacher Institute describes its mission as advancing "sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development."
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more information on medical abortion.
SOURCES: David Grimes, M.D., clinical professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Donna Harrison, M.D., director of research and public policy, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Mitchell Creinin, M.D., professor and chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of California, Davis; February 2012, Obstetrics & Gynecology
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