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Surgical abortions increase in Wisconsin after Legislature puts restrictions on medication option

Despite an overall decline in abortions by Wisconsin women in 2012, the number of surgical abortions rose by 8% last year -- the first increase since the state started tracking abortion methods in 1998, records show. Planned Parenthood officials say the rise in surgical abortions is a result of legal concerns over a state law that prompted them to stop providing medication-induced abortions for most of last year. >More
 Abortion pill restrictions part of nationwide push

Medication abortions have become more prevalent nationally in the past few years, and laws targeting them are sweeping state legislatures across the country. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a national nonprofit policy research group, nine states have passed laws requiring that the prescribing clinician be physically present when abortion-inducing drugs are provided. >More
 Wisconsin law limits access to abortions, increases risk for women

The two pregnancy tests she took early last year had come up negative, but this time a faint plus sign surfaced in the plastic window. Samantha, 21, knew immediately what she wanted to do. Within five minutes, she said, she called Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic in Milwaukee that provides abortion services. >More
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