Let every abortion be prevented !!

10 December 2012

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: None declared

Neeru Gupta, Scientist E

Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029

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