There are very ‘rare’ cases of complications in abortions says a new study. These complications are lesser in number than that of colonoscopy, state researchers from a California university. The study authors have said that the rate of complexities has reduced, in comparison to that in the past. Whilst conducting research, the researchers took into consideration 54,911 abortions in the time frame from 2009-2010, including six weeks of following up for each woman who aborted. As a result of this extensive study, this report is far more comprehensive than any of the previous ones.

“Many state legislatures have recently passed laws that have the effect of reducing access to abortion by requiring providers to have transfer agreements or admitting privileges with hospitals or to construct their clinics so that they meet the requirements of an ambulatory surgical center,” stated a press release from the university.

Among all cases of abortions carried out, only 2.1% had complications. Also, there were only 0.23% cases which faced some major complications. The patients which had major complications were the ones that received blood transfusion or surgery. The scientists at the University of California San Francisco carried out the research which was published in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal on Monday.

“Our study had very complete follow-up data on all of the women in it, and we still found a very low complication rate. Abortion is very safe as currently performed, which calls into question the need for additional regulations that purportedly aim to improve safety,” said Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.

The complication rate in this study has been lesser than that in wisdom tooth extractions and also tonsillectomies, which is 7 and 7 percent respectively. Out of all the abortions that were analysed for the study, 97 percent were performed at private clinics and outpatient departments, only 3 percent were conducted in hospitals.

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