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Medical abortion still not available in most countries

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1091

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  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The mifepristone pill is a safe and effective method of abortion, which many women find more acceptable than the surgical alternative. Yet its use throughout the world is limited to a minority of countries, most of which already have a relatively safe abortion record, delegates at a London conference were told last week.

    Ms Beverly Winikoff, programme director of the Population Council, a research organisation based in New York, said that rates of unsafe abortion varied widely throughout the world. The lowest rates, of 0-4 per 1000 women of reproductive age, were in the United States, western Europe, Australia, and China, and the highest rates, of more than 25 per 1000, were in the former Soviet Union, parts of Africa, South East Asia, and South America …

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