CDC says, the most common method of abortion in the United States is the abortion pill
Common method of abortion in the United States: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the abortion pill is the most commonly used method of terminating a pregnancy in the United States. According to a CDC report released on Wednesday, approximately 51% of abortions in 2020 will be performed with the pill at or before the ninth week of pregnancy. According to the report, abortions using the pill increased by 22% between 2019 and 2020.
The pill, mifepristone, has become a flashpoint in the battle over reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish federal abortion rights in June. Twelve states have outlawed abortion since then, but banning the pill is difficult because it has become easier to obtain.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration lifted a requirement that women obtain mifepristone in person, allowing them to obtain the pill via mail and retail pharmacies. The FDA announced in December 2021 that this change would be permanent.
Anti-abortion groups asked a federal court in Texas last week to overturn the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, which has been in use for more than two decades. The attorneys for the groups are from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was involved in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which led to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
In a letter last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and eight other senators asked the FDA to expand access to mifepristone by approving its use for miscarriage management. The senators wrote that this would improve women’s access to the pill in states where access is restricted.
Mifepristone in combination with the tablet misoprostol has been approved by the FDA as a method of terminating pregnancies before the 10th week. Mifepristone terminates the pregnancy, while misoprostol causes contractions that empty the uterus. The method has a 96% to 98% success rate in terminating early pregnancies.
In the United States, the abortion pill has become an increasingly popular method of terminating a pregnancy. According to CDC data, pill abortions increased 154% between 2011 and 2020.
In 2020, over 620,000 abortions were performed in the United States, a 15% decrease from 2011. According to CDC data, almost all abortions, 93%, are performed at or before the 13th week of pregnancy, and 80% are performed at or before the ninth week. Surgical abortions are the second most commonly used method of terminating a pregnancy. According to the CDC, approximately 40% of all abortions were performed using surgical procedures during or before the 13th week of pregnancy.
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