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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:178

Abortions decline in US: The number of abortions in the United States fell to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest since 1976; 22.4% of pregnancies were aborted compared with 30.4% in 1983. The reason may be more use of contraception, but 87% of counties—where 35% of women aged 15 to 44 live—lack an abortion provider (

English regulator prosecutes for selling drugs online: The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has prosecuted a man from the north of England for illegally …

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