Containers of the medicine Mifepristone used to induce a medical abortion are ready for sufferers at Deliberate Parenthood well being middle in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14, 2022.
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The abortion capsule is the commonest methodology to terminate a being pregnant within the U.S., in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
The CDC, in a report revealed Wednesday, discovered that about 51% of abortions in 2020 had been carried out with the capsule at or earlier than the ninth week of being pregnant. From 2019 to 2020, abortions with the capsule elevated 22%, in line with the report.
The capsule, mifepristone, has turn into a flashpoint within the battle over reproductive rights within the wake of the Supreme Courtroom’s choice to abolish federal abortion rights in June. Twelve states have outlawed abortion since then, however banning the capsule is tough as a result of it has turn into simpler to acquire.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Meals and Drug Administration suspended a requirement that girls receive mifepristone in individual, permitting them to obtain the capsule by mail and at retail pharmacies. The drug company introduced in December 2021 that it might make this modification everlasting.
Anti-abortion teams final week requested a federal court docket in Texas to overturn the FDA’s greater than two-decade-old approval of mifepristone. The teams’ attorneys are from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a corporation concerned within the Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group case that led the Supreme Courtroom to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and eight different senators requested the FDA in a letter final week to to broaden entry to mifepristone by approving its use for miscarriage administration. This might enhance ladies’s entry to the capsule in states which might be proscribing entry, the senators wrote.
The FDA has permitted mifepristone together with the pill misoprostol as a technique to terminate pregnancies earlier than the tenth week. Mifepristone prevents the being pregnant from persevering with and misoprostol causes contractions that vacant the uterus. The strategy is 96% to 98% efficient at ending early pregnancies.
The abortion capsule has turn into an more and more widespread method to finish a being pregnant within the U.S. Abortions with the capsule elevated 154% from 2011 to 2020, in line with CDC knowledge.
Greater than 620,000 abortions had been carried out within the U.S. in 2020, a 15% lower since 2011. Nearly all abortions, 93%, are carried out at or earlier than the thirteenth week of being pregnant, and 80% are carried out at or earlier than the ninth week, in line with the CDC knowledge.
Surgical abortions are the second most typical methodology to finish a being pregnant. About 40% of all abortions had been carried out with surgical procedures at or earlier than that thirteenth week of being pregnant, in line with the CDC.