Initial findings indicate the trial of a free emergency contraceptive pill is behind a 13% drop in abortions in Auckland.That's the whole news brief, there may be more at other news sources?
The Auckland District Health Board is five months into the $300,000 trial, which gives Auckland women the "morning-after pill" for free in a bid to reduce pregnancies and abortions. The pills can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of having sex.
The DHB was originally concerned the emergency contraceptive pill was being used instead of other methods of contraception, but says this study appears to show nearly half of the users had never taken the pill before.
It also shows a 13% reduction in terminated pregnancies since the start of the trial, which concludes next week.
The earlier a termination occurs the better, and it sounds like the emergency contraceptive pill may be doing a good job at aiding women to avoid the trauma and physical impact of an abortion further into gestation. It'll be interesting to see the full results of the trial in due course.