Commentary Discusses Abortion Rates, Access To Safe Services In Developing Countries

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Ann M. Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, recognizes International Safe Abortion Day, which takes place annually on September 28, and discusses the need for access to safe abortions in developing countries. Starrs highlights results from a recent study that “found that most developed regions have seen a marked decline in the rate of abortion, … [which] suggests that women and couples in developed countries have become more successful at avoiding unintended pregnancies … [However, in] developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, the overall rate of abortion has barely changed over the same time period” (9/27).