Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery in US


Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery in the US, according to 2014 data released by Planned Parenthood.  The data, an aggregate of abortion statistics from Planned Parenthood clinics across the US, shows that medical abortions made up 43% of pregnancy terminations at Planned Parenthood clinics in 2014, up from 35% in 2010.

Women are seeking an option that allows them to end their pregnancy at home with a partner, according to Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota.

The overall U.S. abortion rate has dropped to a low of 16.9 terminations per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2011, down from 19.4 per 1,000 in 2008, according to federal data. The decline has been driven in part by wider use of birth control, including long lasting IUDs.

The debate of abortion rights in the 2016 presidential rates has reignited longstanding ideological battle over abortion. Earlier this week, Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, wrote in The Guardian that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who would promote “women’s health” as president:

“There is no contest. There is only one choice. We need Hillary Clinton in the White House.”




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