Medical Termination of Pregnancy for Adolescents

posted 21 Apr 2011, 13:51 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
A retrospective cohort study by Niniimaki et al published in this week's BMJ found no increase in adverse events following medical termination of pregnancy in adolescents compared to older women. The accompanying editorial by Professor David Grimes concludes that "No evidence suggests that medical abortion is more risky or less successful in adolescents than in older women. Indeed, women who have not previously given birth seem to have higher success rates with medical abortion. Hence, all women, independent of age, may be offered the full range of abortion services."