Report Finds Abortions Are Safe, Effective in the U.S.

Report Finds Abortions Are Safe, Effective in the U.S.

Abortions provided in the U.S. are safe and effective, but state regulations can impact the safety of the abortions, finds a landmark report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The study looked at four legal methods of abortion in the nation --- medication, aspiration, dilation and evacuation and induction. According to the report, serious complications occur in fewer than one percent of abortions, but the risk of serious complications rises with the number of weeks of gestation.

The study says unlike other health procedures, abortions are subject to a wide array of regulations that vary by state. State regulations may force women to delay their abortion, which raises their risk of serious complications, by requiring women to make multiple in-person visits and wait. At the same time, the regulations will sometimes require care to be provided in places that are more expensive than is medically necessary.

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