What can obstetrician/gynecologists do to support abortion access?

Alice G. Mark, Merrill Wolf, Alison Edelman, Laura Castleman

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Unsafe abortion causes approximately13% of all maternal deaths worldwide, with higher rates in areas where abortion access is restricted. Because safe abortion is so low risk, if all women who needed an abortion could access safe care, this rate would drop dramatically. As women's health providers and advocates, obstetrician/gynecologists can support abortion access. By delivering high-quality, evidence-based care ourselves, supporting other providers who perform abortion, helping women who access abortion in the community, providing second-trimester care, and improving contraceptive uptake, we can decrease morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S53-S55
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Abortion
  • Maternal mortality
  • Mifepristone
  • Misoprostol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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