Medical Abortion: A Special Edition of Contraception – February 2018

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This special edition of Contraception, edited by Marge Berer and Lesley Hoggart, was published in print and online in February 2018. The papers can all be accessed at: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/content/contra-medical-abortion-special-issue in HTML and PDF formats, and also through the weblinks below. All but three are open access. The remaining three have been made openly available by the journal’s editor to complete the set, for which we are very grateful. 

Table of Contents

EDITORIAL: Medical abortion pills have the potential to change everything

– Marge Berer, Lesley Hoggart

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What if medical abortion becomes the main or only method of first trimester abortion? A roundtable of views 

– Kevin Sunde Oppegaard, Margaret Sparrow, Paul Hyland, Francisca García, Cristina Villarreal, Aníbal Faúndes, Laura Miranda 

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Putting abortion pills into women’s hands: realising the full potential of medical abortion

– Kinga Jelinska, Susan Yanow

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Efficacy of medical abortion prior to six gestational weeks: a systematic review

– Nathalie Kapp, Maureen K Baldwin, Maria Isabel Rodriguez

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Experience of clandestine use of medical abortion among university students in Chile: a qualitative study

– Irma Palma Manríquez, Claudia Moreno Standen, Andrea Álvarez Carimoney, Alondra Richards

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Accompaniment of second trimester abortions: the model of the feminist Socorrista network of Argentina

– Ruth Zurbriggen, Brianna Keefe-Oates, Caitlin Gerdts

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Complications with use of misoprostol for abortion in Madagascar: between ease of access and lack of information

– Dolorès Pourette, Chiarella Mattern, Rila Ratovoson, Patricia Raharimalala

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“It is just like having a period with back pain”: Exploring women’s experience with community-based distribution of misoprostol for early abortion on the Thailand–Burma border 

– Ellen Tousaw, Sweet Naw Hser Gay Moo, Grady Arnott, Angel M Foster

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Abortion in two Francophone African countries: a study of whether women have begun to use misoprostol in Benin and Burkina Faso

– Carine Baxerres, Ines Boko, Adjara Konkobo, Fatoumata Ouattara, Agnès Guillaume

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Medical abortion can be provided safely and effectively by pharmacy workers trained within a harm reduction framework: Nepal

– Anand Tamang, Mahesh Puri, Sazina Masud, Deepak Kumar Karki, Diksha Khadka, Minal Singh, Poonam Sharma, Subash Gajurel

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Provision of menstrual regulation with medication among pharmacies in three municipal districts of Bangladesh: a situation analysis

– Fauzia Akhter Huda, Hassan Rushekh Mahmood, Anadil Alam, Faisal Ahmmed, Farzana Karim, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Nafis Al Haque, Anisuddin Ahmed

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Feasibility of assessing the safety and effectiveness of menstrual regulation medications purchased from pharmacies in Bangladesh: a prospective cohort study

– Katharine Footman, Rachel Scott, Fahmida Taleb, Sally Dijkerman, Sadid Nuremowla, Kate Reiss, Kathryn Church

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Provision of medical abortion by mid-level healthcare providers in Kyrgyzstan: testing an intervention to expand safe abortion services to under-served rural and peri-urban areas

– Brooke Ronald Johnson Jr, Elmira Maksutova, Aigul Boobekova, Ainura Davletova, Chinara Kazakbaeva, Yelena Kondrateva, Sihem Landoulsi, Gunta Lazdane, Kubanychbek Monolbaev, Armando H Seuc Jo

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Doing more for less: identifying opportunities to expand public sector access to safe abortion in South Africa through budget impact analysis

– Naomi Lince-Deroche, Jane Harries, Deborah Constant, Chelsea Morroni, Melanie Pleaner, Tamara Fetters, Daniel Grossman, Kelly Blanchard, Edina Sinanovic

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Barriers to accessing abortion service and perspectives on using mifepristone and misoprostol at home in Great Britain

– Abigail RA Aiken, Katherine A Guthrie, Marlies Schellekens, James Trussell, Rebecca Gomperts

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Developing a forward-looking agenda and methodologies for research on self-use of medical abortion

– Nathalie Kapp, Kelly Blanchard, Ernestina Coast, Bela Ganatra, Jane Harries, Katharine Footman, Ann Moore, Onikepe Owolabi, Clementine Rossier, Kristen Shellenberg, Britt Wahlin, Cynthia Woodsong
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