New Guttmacher Institute Report Examines Worldwide Variations In Abortion Incidence, Safety, Laws

CNN: Abortion restrictions don’t lower rates, report says
“Laws that seek to limit abortions around the world may not lower the rate of abortions but could make them less safe, according to a new report that illustrates the trend…” (Nedelman, 3/21).

The Guardian: Abortion rates drop dramatically — but only in rich countries
“Rates of abortion have dropped significantly across the world in the past quarter-century, but the decline has been predominantly in the developed world, according to a report…” (McVeigh, 3/21).

NBC News: Abortion rates go down when countries make it legal: report
“…Countries with the most restrictive abortion laws also have the highest rates of abortion, the study by the Guttmacher Institute found. Easier access to birth control drives down abortion rates, the report also finds. The report finds about 56 million abortions occur every year — nearly 50 million of them in developing countries. About a quarter of all pregnancies end in abortion…” (Fox, 3/20).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nearly half of abortions worldwide are unsafe, putting thousands at risk — study
“Nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions carried out worldwide each year are unsafe, leading to the deaths of at least 22,800 women every year, according to a major study published on Tuesday. Abortion bans do not stop women having terminations, but do increase the risk that they will resort to dangerous measures to end unwanted pregnancies, the Guttmacher Institute said in the most comprehensive report on global abortion trends in a decade…” (Batha, 3/20).

U.S. News & World Report: Abortion Rates: Where and Why They’re Falling
“…Globally from 2010 through 2014, 35 abortions were performed per 1,000 women of reproductive age, down from 40 abortions per 1,000 women. The decrease was driven primarily by reductions in countries with liberal abortion laws, where abortion rates dropped from 46 per 1,000 women to 27. Conversely, developing regions — including 93 percent of the countries with the most restrictive abortion laws — saw only a drop from 39 to 36 abortions per 1,000 women…” (Levy, 3/21).

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