Abortion pill usage has almost overtaken surgical alternatives as legalization of infanticide faces a major chance of repeal. in election 2016.
- Two medications used to induce abortion won US approval in 2000, but Pro-Life activists successfully implemented legislative restrictions.
- In 2014: Abortion medication was used in 43 percent of pregnancy terminations at Planned Parenthood clinics.
- in 2010: Up from 35 percent according to previously unreported figures by Planned Parenthood.
- In Ohio, Texas and North Dakota: Demand for medication abortions tripled in the last several months to as much as 30 percent of all procedures in some clinics.
- States with no restrictions: Up to 55 percent in Michigan, 64 percent in Iowa.
- Studies: Drug induced abortions kill the child up to 95 percent of the time.
- The abortion pill was approved in France in 1988.
- Guttmacher Institute: Pill used in 91 percent of abortions in Finland, 80 percent in Scotland.
- 1 million of the more than 2.75 million U.S. women who have used the abortion pill received it from Planned Parenthood.
- Federal data: Overall U.S. abortion rates have dropped to a low of 16.9 terminations per 1,000 women aged15-44 in 2011, down from 19.4 per 1,000 in 2008.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows abortion pills to be used as far as 10 weeks into pregnancies.
- Planned Parenthood said both types of abortion typically cost from $300 to $1,000.
(NEW YORK CITY) American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery, marking a turning point for abortion in the United States, data reviewed by Reuters shows.
The watershed comes amid an overall decline in abortion, a choice that remains politically charged in the United States, sparking a fiery exchange in the final debate between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
When the two medications used to induce abortion won U.S. approval 16 years ago, the method was expected to quickly overtake the surgical option, as it has in much of Europe. But U.S. abortion opponents persuaded lawmakers in many states to put restrictions on their use.
Although many limitations remain, innovative dispensing efforts in some states, restricted access to surgical abortions in others and greater awareness boosted medication abortions to 43 percent of pregnancy terminations at Planned Parenthood clinics, the nation’s single largest provider, in 2014, up from 35 percent in 2010, according to previously unreported figures from the nonprofit.
The national rate is likely even higher now because of new federal prescribing guidelines that took effect in March. In three states most impacted by that change – Ohio, Texas and North Dakota – demand for medication abortions tripled in the last several months to as much as 30 percent of all procedures in some clinics, according to data gathered by Reuters from clinics, state health departments and Planned Parenthood affiliates.