Abortion has been one of the most debated topics around the globe and it remains such even today.
But, regardless of the tolerance people have for it and their stance, abortion is currently widely used in regulating human reproduction and human lives.
Technology has gone a long way since abortion was first introduced in the medical world. Right now, abortion technology has helped make medical abortion safer and more accessible for those who choose to opt for this procedure.
Even so, medical responsibility still dictates that the most advanced development is medical abortion. The goal is to make abortions as safe as possible to keep the women healthy during and after the procedure.
Abortion Technology Today
Nowadays, the best and safest method for abortion helped by technology is the combination of prostaglandin and RU-486, an antiprogesterone.
These can be used in the form of an injection or in gemeprost or vaginal pessary. However, the treatment schedules are still not made optimal.
Such treatment lasts for 48 to 72 hours. After this, the patient needs close follow-up to confirm that the treatment was successful.
The reason why this is the best technology abortion option discovered until this day is the fact that it is free from all complications caused by the surgical alternatives.
The risk with this procedure in terms of both anesthesia and surgery goes down to 5% only. There’s also the matter of efficacy – 95% complete abortion rates.
Telemedicine and Abortion Today
It was precisely the topic of abortion and the future that made me interested in medicine in the first place.
When I was assigned this topic in college, I couldn’t find my way around the multitude of data available on this topic. After all, it is the most debated topic of all times.
Eventually, I hired Gradesfixer.com to help me with this and their research and insight on the topic raised my interest in abortion technology. The progress of abortion technology is moving at such a rapid speed that it can be hard to keep up.
In terms of abortion, one of the biggest goals of technology and medicine nowadays is how to make it more accessible to people.
For the time being, medical abortion is still the safest and most recommended option. But, will technology manage to preserve and further expand the women’s access to abortion around the world?
With this idea in mind, there are plenty of researchers and groups around the world who test the opportunities of letting people use abortion pills after consulting with doctors via websites or phones, or taking screening tests in a clinic.
One group named Gynuity Health Projects has carried out a trial in several states, checking the option of using virtual technology to connect doctors to women who want to exercise their right to abortion.
The idea is to allow doctors to supervise the pill-taking process virtually, which would significantly loosen the restrictions that women deal with even today.
Imagine what kind of a change this would make if FDA approves virtual-assisted abortions at home. Women in countries with restrictive laws for abortion could blur the boundaries and exercise their right.
Those who are too scared or unable to go to a doctor will be able to do this with minimal risks. And most importantly, it would prevent the numerous terrible consequences that happen when women choose to take matters into their own hands.
Telemedicine is a real thing today, but not in this area. If this changes in the near future, medication abortion will become a much safer method for women across the globe.
In fact, there are some states that allow a licensed provider to help with the administering of an abortion pill via virtual video hookup. But, even in these states, the woman has to take the initial medication in a health care setting such as a clinic.
Of course, such change will go even further. This would re-shape the abortion laws and make them more permissive, expand the access to abortion procedures and reduce the issues regarding long-distance travel for those who can’t afford to get to a clinic to get an abortion.
The Bottom Line
Abortion technology is more advanced and more researched than ever. As a result, more and more people nowadays can exercise their right to an abortion with minimal health risks and maximum safety measures.
We can only expect greatness, but no one can tell for sure where abortion technology will take us in the future.
Nicholas Walker is a prenatal surgeon at a clinic in the United States. He’s an expert in prenatal medicine and works alongside women to help them enjoy a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
Nicholas is pro-abortion, which he constantly proves with his many publications on the topic online.