National Academies consensus report on abortions includes Emory faculty
Woodruff Health Sciences Center | April 4, 2018
A new consensus study report on “The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States,” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Carol J. Rowland Hogue,
With support from six private foundations, the committee examined the scientific evidence on the safety and quality of different abortion methods used in the United States and assessed quality of care based on whether it is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable according to well-established standards. The report examined health facilities and types of clinicians as well as the potential physical and mental health impacts on women.
The report found that the abortion rate among U.S. women has been steadily declining, reaching a historic low of 14.6 per 1,000 or a total of 926,190 in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the increasing use of contraceptives, especially long-acting methods such as intrauterine devices and implants; historic declines in the rate of unintended pregnancy; and increasing numbers of state regulations that limit the availability of
otherwise legal abortion services. Women who have abortions are disproportionately low-income; almost half have family incomes below the federal poverty level.
The report concluded that most abortions in the U.S. are performed early in pregnancy, with 90 percent in 2014 occurring in the first 12 weeks of
Additional conclusions, with a link to the National Academies press release and the entire