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Views and Practices of Women’s Health Care Providers on Medical Abortion: An Update on Mifepristone


This survey snapshot summarizes the results of a Foundation survey of women’s health care providers between May andAugust 2001. Findings show that a relatively small proportion 6 percent of gynecologists and 1 percent of general practice physicians had used the drug to provide early medical abortions in the nine months since distribution began. Gynecologists who currently or recently provided surgical abortions are most likely to report that they now offer medical abortions or plan to do so soon.


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