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Decline in U.S. Abortion Rate Stalls, Report Finds
Date:1/11/2011

>The study also found that the use of early medication abortion performed in nonhospital facilities rose from 161,000 in 2005 to 199,000 in 2008. During that time, the proportion of all nonhospital abortions that used the early medication procedure increased, from 14 percent to 17 percent.

In 2008, 59 percent of all known abortion providers offered early medication abortion, which uses a combination of two drugs instead of surgery.

"That early medication abortion is becoming more widely available is good news," study author Rachel Jones said in the news release. "U.S. government reports have shown that abortions are increasingly occurring earlier in pregnancy, when the procedure is safest. Increased access to medication abortion is helping to accelerate that trend."

The study appears online and in the March print issue of the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about abortion.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Guttmacher Institute, news release, Jan. 11, 2011


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