Higher abortion rates where procedure is illegal

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January 20, 2012

From USAToday.com

LONDON – Abortion rates are higher in countries where the procedure is illegal and nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, with the vast majority in developing countries, a new study concludes.

Experts couldn’t say whether more liberal laws led to fewer procedures, but said good access to birth control in those countries resulted in fewer unwanted pregnancies.

The global abortion rate remained virtually unchanged from 2003 to 2008, at about 28 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, a total of about 43.8 million abortions, according to the study. The rate had previously been dropping since 1995.

About 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008, and another 8.5 million women had serious medical complications. Almost all unsafe abortions were in developing countries, where family planning and contraceptive programs have mostly levelled off.

To read more, visit: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2012-01-18/Higher-abortion-rates-where-its-illegal/52641546/1

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Of course the majority is in developing countries. In undeveloped countries, they want more and more kids so they will have reason to beg for more aid from the rest of us.

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