Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S. – New Report March 16

Since abortion became legal nationwide in the United States in 1973, there have been substantial changes to the health care delivery system and medical science, and abortion care practices have changed with the advent of new techniques and technologies.

In one of the most comprehensive studies of scientific evidence on the safety and quality of abortion care in the U.S., a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines areas such as minimum characteristics necessary for clinical facilities and health care providers to provide abortion care safely and effectively.  It also looks at potential physical and mental health effects of having an abortion and safeguards for complications arising from those procedures.

Advance copies of The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Thursday, March 15. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, March 16.  To obtain a copy of the embargoed report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at noon EDT on Friday, March 23.  Please register for the webinar here.