ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests that women who take abortion pills face no greater risk of tubal pregnancy or miscarriage than the more common surgical method.
The abortion pills are different than Plan B, more commonly referred to as the morning after pill.
The federally funded research published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed nearly 12,000 Danish women who had medical and surgical abortions.
Generally the medical abortions involve a woman ending a pregnancy by taking a series of pills.
Previous research has shown surgical abortions don't increase the risk of problems in later pregnancies, until now, little research had been done into the impact of pill abortions.
Normally, surgical abortions completely remove an embryo or fetus and surrounding uterine tissue. Abortions done with pills may leave bits of placenta or other embryonic material.
A reproductive expert said some doctors had wondered whether that might interfere with subsequent pregnancies.