The Abortion Pill: A Solution for Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries?
Le Grand, Amanda
Social Science and Medicine. 1992 Sep; 35(6): 767-776.
The abortion pill is a new abortion technique which does not require technically skilled health personnel. Several clinical researchers have stated that the ease of administration of the abortion pill gives it the potential to save lives in countries where thousands of women die annually from complications of failed abortions due to poor health services. This article discusses medical and users' aspects of the abortion pill, with particular emphasis on its use in developing countries, and questions the usefulness of the abortion pill in areas where health care facilities are in short supply. It stresses the need to consider the social, cultural and health care context in which the abortion pill will be used before it is sold on the world market. The safety and efficacy of the abortion pill could be adversely affected by the way women perceive its effectiveness, women's beliefs about conception and pregnancy, and their health status. In the present two-phase administration form the abortion pill is not likely to be appropriate for use in developing countries with a shortage of health care facilities.
Abortion; Attitudes; Developing Countries; Drugs; Education; Health; Health Care; Health Facilities; Health Personnel; Health Services; Health Status; Hormones; Illegal Abortion; International Aspects; Legal Aspects; Maternal Health; Morbidity; Mortality; Pregnant Women; Pregnancy; Researchers; Risks and Benefits; Socioeconomic Factors;
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