Abortion tablet commonest technique to finish being pregnant, CDC says
Packing containers of the medicine Mifepristone used to induce a medical abortion are ready for sufferers at Deliberate Parenthood well being heart in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14, 2022.
Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters
The abortion tablet is the most typical technique to terminate a being pregnant within the U.S., based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
The CDC, in a report revealed Wednesday, discovered that about 51% of abortions in 2020 have been carried out with the tablet at or earlier than the ninth week of being pregnant. From 2019 to 2020, abortions with the tablet elevated 22%, based on the report.
The tablet, mifepristone, has develop into a flashpoint within the battle over reproductive rights within the wake of the Supreme Court docket’s determination to abolish federal abortion rights in June. Twelve states have outlawed abortion since then, however banning the tablet is troublesome as a result of it has develop into simpler to acquire.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Meals and Drug Administration suspended a requirement that ladies get hold of mifepristone in particular person, permitting them to obtain the tablet by mail and at retail pharmacies. The drug company introduced in December 2021 that it might make this modification everlasting.
Anti-abortion teams final week requested a federal court docket in Texas to overturn the FDA’s greater than two-decade-old approval of mifepristone. The teams’ attorneys are from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a company concerned within the Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group case that led the Supreme Court docket to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and eight different senators requested the FDA in a letter final week to to broaden entry to mifepristone by approving its use for miscarriage administration. This is able to enhance ladies’s entry to the tablet in states which are proscribing entry, the senators wrote.
The FDA has permitted mifepristone together with the pill misoprostol as a way to terminate pregnancies earlier than the tenth week. Mifepristone prevents the being pregnant from persevering with and misoprostol causes contractions that vacant the uterus. The tactic is 96% to 98% efficient at ending early pregnancies.
The abortion tablet has develop into an more and more frequent technique to finish a being pregnant within the U.S. Abortions with the tablet elevated 154% from 2011 to 2020, based on CDC information.
Greater than 620,000 abortions have been carried out within the U.S. in 2020, a 15% lower since 2011. Nearly all abortions, 93%, are carried out at or earlier than the thirteenth week of being pregnant, and 80% are completed at or earlier than the ninth week, based on the CDC information.
Surgical abortions are the second commonest technique to finish a being pregnant. About 40% of all abortions have been carried out with surgical procedures at or earlier than that thirteenth week of being pregnant, based on the CDC.