Unsafe abortion, defined as “a procedure for terminating an unintended pregnancy carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal standards, or both”, remains a major public health problem. Medical abortion, that is abortion effected by drugs rather than a surgical procedure, is a safe and effective alternative to surgical abortion and can potentially play a major role in reducing unsafe abortion.
This review was conducted on the basis of face-to-face meetings with HRP personnel and other stakeholders and by a review of the published literature on medical abortion from WHO and other sources. The focus of the review was activities between 1997 and 2007.
Normal, J.; Winfrey, W. External evaluation 2003&#8211;2007 - Impact of HRP research in medical (non-surgical) induced abortion: a case study. (2008) 40 pp.