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Regulating the Quality of Abortion Services: Politics or Good Medicine?


A growing trend by state legislatures to pass tough regulations on abortion services begs the questions: Do these rules help to ensure the health and safety of abortion patients and the quality of abortion services? Or, as some abortion rights groups have suggested, are they designed to put abortion providers out of business?

National Committee for Quality Assurance Chief Executive Officer, Margaret O'Kane, National Abortion Federation Committee on Quality Improvement Chair, Dr. Bernard Smith, and other experts discussed the quality of abortion care today, current medical guidelines for care, and whether additional state or federal oversight is needed at an Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health Briefing. A new study that provides the first-ever national data on the quality of abortion care from the patient's perspective was also released.