A review of the literature on women’s preferences and acceptability of abortion methods

Tania Connaughton-Espino, MPH

Conclusion: Having the opportunity to make a decision regarding abortion care is an important part of sexual and reproductive rights. Different circumstances experienced by women and expectations on the abortion process will influence women's preference. Medical abortion, either with misoprostol-only or a combined regimen (with mifepristone (HV)), has been shown by several studies to be well accepted and, in many cases, preferred. Complete information on both abortion methods should be presented to women to allow them to make an informed choice based on their particular circumstances.

Comment: Although not a real abstract, this separately published literature review of eight studies with data from ten countries clearly shows how important it is to provide complete information to women who seek an abortion. Only then will they be able to make an informed choice. (HMV)