Commercial availability of misoprostol and induced abortion in Brazil

@article{Costa1998CommercialAO,
  title={Commercial availability of misoprostol and induced abortion in Brazil},
  author={Sarah H. Costa},
  journal={International Journal of Gynecology \& Obstetrics},
  year={1998},
  volume={63}
}
  • S. H. Costa
  • Published 1998
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
In Brazil, abortion is only permitted to save the woman's life or in cases of rape. The principal effect of legal restrictions is not to make induced abortion practice less prevalent but to force poor women to resort to abortions performed under unhygience conditions or attempt self‐induced abortion. Within this context, misoprostol, a synthetic analogue of prostaglandin E1, was introduced in the country in 1986. Purchased over the counter in pharmacies, misoprostol has became a popular… Expand
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