Abortion pills accessed online are as safe, effective as clinics: study – Dr. Wendy Norman

Medical abortions done at home using pills and an online telemedicine service appear to be just as safe and effective as those done at legal clinics, a new study has found.  And its an approach that the Canadian health-care system may be able to learn from, the author of an accompanying editorial says.

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed the outcomes of 1,023 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who sought medical abortion services through Women on Web, a non-profit organization that provides access to medications used to induce abortion, between 2010 and 2012.  Outcomes were known for 1,000 of those women, and nearly all the women were less than nine weeks into their pregnancy.

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