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Abortion Care for Adolescents

DRAGOMAN, MONICA MD; DAVIS, ANNE MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - pp 281-289
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d72ee
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Over 800,000 pregnancies occur among adolescents annually in the United States. The majority of teen pregnancies are unintended and one-third of these pregnancies end in abortion. As in older reproductive age women, medical and surgical abortions are safe and well tolerated by adolescents. Short-term morbidity is uncommon and no long-term adverse health or psychologic sequelae are associated with uncomplicated abortion. Adolescents encounter unique barriers in accessing abortion services that delay care and increase the cost and complexity of abortion. Clinicians function as a key resource for accurate information and support for adolescents with undesired pregnancies.

Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, New York

Correspondence: Anne Davis, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, PH 16 Room 80, 630 West 168th Street, New York City, NY. E-mail: ard4@columbia.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.