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Is abortion worldwide becoming more restrictive?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8161 (Published 04 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8161

Re: Is abortion worldwide becoming more restrictive?

If abortions are getting restricted, globally for whatever (religious or legal) reason, the only solution left is to prevent it. Use of contraception will prevent conception or implantation (e.g. oral contraceptives and Cu-T, respectively). In this modern era, Emergency Contraception, such as: the pill (e.g. Progesterone only Pill) and Copper-T insertion can be done within 72 hours and five days respectively of unprotected intercourse and can prevent unwanted pregnancy (and hence need for abortion) with an efficacy of 89% (1) and more (nearly 100%) respectively. Not only will an abortion be averted but also the morbidity and mortality associated with clandestinely performed abortions will be effectively prevented. And it will also decrease the burden on the Health Care System.

Reference:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_contraception

Competing interests: No competing interests
10 December 2012
Neeru Gupta
Scientist E
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
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