This Is Why Abortion Needs To Be Legal Worldwide

Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Are Unsafe

The country has legalized therapeutic abortion two months later, on September 14. We emphasise that access to safe and.

"Our findings call for the need to ensure access to safe abortions to the full extent of the law, particularly in low income regions of the world, and efforts are needed to replace the use of unsafe methods with safe methods", Ganatra said in a journal news release.

The researchers made a point to move away from classifying abortions as simply "safe" or "unsafe", and instead grouped them as "safe", "less safe" and "least safe". This meant that while the abortion was done by a trained provider, they may have used an outdated method.

According to the study, nearly one-third (31 per cent) of abortions were "less safe", meaning they were performed either by a trained provider using an unsafe or outdated method such as "sharp curettage", or by an untrained person even if using a safe method like misoprostol, a drug used for many medical purposes, including to induce an abortion.

Northern Europe and Northern America are now the safest places to get an abortion, but many are anxious that North America may become unsafe due to the current administration's view on the procedure. In Latin America, only one in four abortions were safe. In these countries, 49.5% of abortions were unsafe.

Almost 88 percent of abortions in developed countries were safe, with the exception of Eastern Europe where the proportion of unsafe abortions was slightly higher, likely because of the use of outdated practices in that region, the researchers said.

The researchers cautioned that reliable abortion data are hard to obtain, especially in places where it is illegal or otherwise stigmatized.




The share of safe abortions exceeded 50 per cent in only three developing world regions: southeastern Asia (60 per cent), western Asia (52 per cent), and southern Africa (74 per cent).

"It is a very safe method that women are taking into their own hands", said Gunatra. And that most countries in these regions also have relatively permissive laws on abortion; high levels of contraceptive use, economic development, and gender equality; as well as high-quality health services - all factors that contribute to making abortion safer.

Provision of safe, legal abortion is essential to fulfilling the global commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health (target 3.7). Of those unsafe abortions, the majority were characterized as "least safe".

World Health Organization provides global technical and policy guidance on the use of contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy, on safe abortion, and the treatment of complications from unsafe abortion.

Ganatra said that she hopes researchers will do a better job studying how women actually have abortions around the world, which is hard because it tends to be stigmatized and because so many abortions happen outside of health systems.

Every year, an estimated 55.7 million abortions are performed worldwide. It simply makes it less safe for women.

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