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Study Documents Legal, Clandestine Abortion Rates Among Ethiopian Adolescents

Guttmacher Institute: First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released
“A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. [The study] documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15-19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age groups…” (3/14).