New report shows abortion pill use has risen sharply in recent years: ‘Significant increase’

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Since 2020, the prevalence of medical abortions – caused by the so-called abortion pill – has increased by 10%.

Abortions with medication They accounted for 63% of all abortions performed in the U.S. in 2023, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization based in New York.

Last year, around 642,700 medical abortions were performed.

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The data comes from Guttmacher’s Monthly Abortion Provision Study, which monitors the estimated number of abortions performed at the state and national levels.

What is a medical abortion?

During a medical abortion, a woman ends her pregnancy by taking it two different medications – mifepristone and misoprostol – over a period of a few days, according to the Yale Medicine website.

This photo shows a patient preparing to take the first of two combination pills, mifepristone, for a medication abortion during a visit to a Kansas City clinic in October 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The woman first takes a drug called mifepristone, which blocks the production of progesterone, a hormone that supports pregnancy.

The second drug, misoprostol, induces contractions – and triggers the process of miscarriage. This process usually takes between 12 and 24 hours.

The abortion pill was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. It can be administered within the USA first 10 weeks of pregnancy.


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