The Quality of Abortion Care Depends on Where a Woman Lives

  

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Via:  arkansashermit-too  •  4 years ago  •  16 comments

The Quality of Abortion Care Depends on Where a Woman Lives

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The Quality of Abortion Care Depends on Where a Woman Lives, Says One of Most Comprehensive Reviews of Research on Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S.

WASHINGTON -- While legal abortions in the U.S. are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition, the report notes, the vast majority of abortions can be provided safely in office-based settings.

The committee that wrote the report examined the scientific evidence on the safety and quality of the four abortion methods used in the U.S. -- medication, aspiration, dilation and evacuation (D&E), and induction. It assessed quality of care based on whether it is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable according to well-established standards. Most abortions in the U.S. are performed early in pregnancy; in 2014, 90 percent occurred by 12 weeks of gestation. Medication and aspiration abortions are the most common methods and, together, account for about 90 percent of all abortions. Serious complications from abortion are rare regardless of the method, and safety and quality are enhanced when the abortion is performed as early in pregnancy as possible.

Abortion-specific regulations in many states create barriers to safe and effective care. These regulations may prohibit qualified providers from performing abortions, misinform women of the risks of the procedures they are considering, or require medically unnecessary services and delay care, the report says. Examples of these policies include mandatory waiting periods, pre-abortion ultrasound, and a separate in-person counseling visit. Some states require abortion providers to provide women with written or verbal information suggesting that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer or mental illness, despite the lack of valid scientific evidence of increased risk.

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Old Hermit
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1  seeder  Old Hermit    4 years ago

Wish all of our Countries important legislation was founded on sound scientific studies.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
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1.1  seeder  Old Hermit  replied to  Old Hermit @1    4 years ago

5 findings about U.S. abortions from a new report on the current science

By Ariana Eunjung Cha | The Washington Post
March 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm

The National Academy of Sciences on Friday released the first in-depth report in more than 40 years about the state of science on abortion safety and quality in the United States. The work, conducted with support from six private foundations, found that abortions done in a clinic or with drugs appear to be safe in the vast majority of cases.

But the report’s authors raise concerns about the geographic differences in access to abortion services.

“In many states, regulations have created barriers to safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable abortion services,” they write. “The regulations often prohibit qualified providers from providing services, misinform women of the risks of the procedures they are considering, overrule women’s and clinician’s medical decision-making, or require medically unnecessary services and delays in care.”

Among the study’s interesting takeaways:

– Legal abortions in the United States, whether by medication or the three major surgical methods, “are safe and effective.”
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– The quality of abortion care depends on where a woman lives.

– 95 percent of abortions are at clinics or other office-based settings.

– Despite much speculation about abortion’s impact on future childbearing, the science shows that the procedure does not appear to increase the risk of secondary infertility, pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders, abnormal placentation, preterm birth or breast cancer.

– Having an abortion does not appear to be linked to such mental health consequences as depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

 
 
 
Gordy327
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1.2  Gordy327  replied to  Old Hermit @1    4 years ago
Wish all of our Countries important legislation was founded on sound scientific studies.

As do I. Unfortunately, it seems legislation is based more on emotion, ignorance, or personal beliefs than on sound science. And in the case of abortion, it is women who will suffer for it.

 
 
 
luther28
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2  luther28    4 years ago

I am not particularly surprised, I think you may find that geographics play a role in the quality of all healthcare.

 
 
 
lennylynx
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2.1  lennylynx  replied to  luther28 @2    4 years ago

The claim being made here goes beyond quality, to deliberate misinformation and state regulations making abortions less safe.  There is no excuse for this.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
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2.1.1  seeder  Old Hermit  replied to  lennylynx @2.1    4 years ago

There is no excuse for this.

Completely agree Lennylynx.

Just goes to show how vindictive toward women those anti-choice State laws truly are.

Silver lining, (small silver lining), is that now there is a long overdue, statistical study, which can be used in cases brought before the Supreme Court, if need be, showing how a women's health IS being threatened because of some States laws.

The National Academy of Sciences on Friday released the first in-depth report in more than 40 years about the state of science on abortion safety and quality in the United States.

Perhaps studies like this can be used to roll back some of the more onerous State laws that serve only to put women's health at risk.

Abortion-specific regulations in many states create barriers to safe and effective care.

 
 
 
lennylynx
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2.1.2  lennylynx  replied to  Old Hermit @2.1.1    4 years ago

Just another piece of the right wing attack on the American people.  They can't even stand up against a traitor like Trump

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
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3  Release The Kraken    4 years ago

We have a chain of Squat & Sucks where you can get a quick abortion and fried chicken. 

 
 
 
lennylynx
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3.1  lennylynx  replied to  Release The Kraken @3    4 years ago

Blind man walks past Badfish, says, "good day ma-am!"

 
 
 
bbl-1
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4  bbl-1    4 years ago

I look at it this way.  At Trump rallies there are women holding signs proclaiming "Women For Trump."  What is the 'for---for?'

In other words, "Worship the fetus--the hell with the rest."

 
 
 
Enoch
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5  Enoch    4 years ago

Dear Friend Arkansas Hermit: I join you and others in hoping for, and being willing to actively work for coverage on an equal quality basis where ever people live of any age, gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, economic status etc.

Great article my good friend.

A must read. 

Your thumb on the pulse of what is in the best interests of all humanity, as always.

Peace and Abundant Blessings to Us All. And the Good Health to Enjoy Them.

Enoch.

 
 
 
lennylynx
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5.1  lennylynx  replied to  Enoch @5    4 years ago

Democratic values are Christian values.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
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5.2  seeder  Old Hermit  replied to  Enoch @5    4 years ago

Great article my good friend

Thanks Enoch, that's very kind of you to say but!?:

Your thumb on the pulse of what is in the best interests of all humanity, as always.

Come on friend, you're making me blush. ( smirk )

Image result for please stop, you're embarrassing me gif

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6  Raven Wing    4 years ago

Truly a great article, Arkansas Hermit. A very interesting and enlightening read. 

We are all children of the human race, no matter what our ethnic, religious or political background is, and should all be treated without prejudice or disrespect. 

If people in our world practiced more Harmony and less Discrimination it would be a much better world for all of us. Mutual respect, tolerance and compassion for each other does not foment disharmony as much as hatred and discrimination. We are all of equal value in the eyes of the Creator, as it should be in the eyes of each of us. 

 
 
 
Randy
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7  Randy    4 years ago

It's obvious what we need. National minimum standards on abortion care. We need to take it out of the hands of the states on the type of care they provide for abortion to take away their incentive to provide sub-service care or to, as they often do, require absurd standards for the clinics structures and locations that they can not possibility meet, just to have an excuse to make it impossible for them to exist in the first place. Abortion is a national right according by the United States Supreme Court, not by state courts or state legislatures and it need to be governed by national law enforcement.

 
 
 
Kavika
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8  Kavika     4 years ago

Excellent article AH.

 
 

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