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Medical abortions more common than surgery for first time in 2014 in England and Wales

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3177
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Medical means were used in 51% of abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2014, the first year there were more medical than surgical procedures, figures from the Department of Health show.1 In 2013 just under half of terminations (49%) involved pills, while in 2004 the figure was 20%.

In total, 184 571 abortions were …

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