Expanding access to medical abortion: Perspectives of women and providers in developing countries
The use of medications and herbs with presumed medicinal properties to induce abortion is documented throughout recorded history . However, the advent of safe and effective regimens for medical abortion (MA), also sometimes termed medication abortion or nonsurgical abortion, is more recent. Clinical trials of mifepristone alone for early abortion began in 1982 and reported complete abortion rates of less than 80%. It was soon discovered that the rates could be improved to nearly 100% if a prostaglandin analogue was administered 24–48 hours after mifepristone...
Medical abortion is one of the most significant developments in the field of reproductive health, both in countries where abortion is permitted on broad grounds or on request and in others where it is highly restricted. Where abortion is permitted and MA has been approved, MA provides a safe, effective, and noninvasive alternative to surgical abortion and is highly acceptable to women whether it was induced by misoprostol only or by the combined regimen [5–7]...
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