by Nina Zamberlin, Mariana Romero and Silvina Ramos
Reproductive Health 2012, 9:34 (22 December 2012)
Abortion is legally restricted in most of Latin America where 95 % of the 4.4 million abortions performed annually are unsafe. Medical abortion (MA) refers to the use of a drug or a combination of drugs to terminate pregnancy. Mifepristone followed by misoprostol is the most effective and recommended regime. Women value the safety and effectiveness of MA as well as the privacy that it allows and the possibility of having their partner, a friend or a person of their choice nearby during the process. Main disadvantages identified by women are that MA is painful and takes time to complete.