Home Markets The abortion pill is the most common way to end a pregnancy, the CDC says

The abortion pill is the most common way to end a pregnancy, the CDC says

by SuperiorInvest

Boxes of the drug Mifepristone, used to induce a medical abortion, are readied for patients at a Planned Parenthood health center in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 14, 2022.

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

The abortion pill is the most common method of ending a pregnancy in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 51% of abortions in 2020 were performed with the pill at or before the ninth week of pregnancy, the CDC found in a report released Wednesday. From 2019 to 2020, pill abortions increased by 22%, according to the report.

The pill, mifepristone, has become the focus of a battle over reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June decision to strike down federal abortion rights. Twelve states have since banned abortion, but banning the pill is difficult because it is easier to obtain.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration suspended the requirement that women receive mifepristone in person, allowing them to receive the pill by mail and at retail pharmacies. The drug agency announced in December 2021 that it would make this change permanent.

Anti-abortion groups last week asked a federal court in Texas to overturn the FDA’s more than two-decade-old approval of mifepristone. The lawyers for the groups are from the Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization involved in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that led the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

CNBC Health and Science

Read CNBC’s latest global health news:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and eight other senators asked the FDA in a letter last week to expand access to mifepristone by approving its use to manage abortions. That would improve women’s access to the pill in states that restrict access, the senators wrote.

The FDA has approved mifepristone in combination with tablet misoprostol as a method to terminate a pregnancy before the 10th week. Mifepristone prevents the pregnancy from continuing and misoprostol causes contractions that empty the uterus. The method is 96% to 98% effective in terminating early pregnancies.

The abortion pill has become an increasingly common way to end a pregnancy in the US. Pill abortions increased 154% from 2011 to 2020, according to CDC data.

More than 620,000 abortions were performed in the U.S. in 2020, a 15% decrease since 2011. Almost all abortions, 93%, are performed at or before the 13th week of pregnancy, and 80% are performed at or before the ninth week . to CDC data.

Surgical abortions are the second most common method of terminating a pregnancy. About 40% of all abortions are performed by surgery at or before the 13th week of pregnancy, according to the CDC.

Source Link

Related Posts

%d bloggers like this: