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Half of All Abortions Now Unsafe, Study Finds
Jan 20th, 2012 - 07:32:51
Author: By Mathilde Bagneres
*Link: * http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106488
*UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19, 2012 (IPS) - The proportion of abortions deemed
unsafe rose from 44 percent in 1995 to almost half (49 percent) in 2008,
according to a new study released Thursday.*
Launched in London, "Induced
Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008" by the Guttmacher
Institute and World Health
Organisation (WHO) notes that in 2008, the global abortion rate was 28 per
1,000, virtually unchanged since 2003.
However, in hard numbers, there were 2.2 million more abortions in 2008
(43.8 million) compared with 2003 (41.6 million) due to the growing global
population. Since 2003, the number of abortions fell by 0.6 million in the
developed world, but increased by 2.8 million in developing countries.
According to a WHO report from March 2011, unsafe abortion is one of the
three leading causes of maternal mortality, along with haemorrhage and
sepsis from childbirth.
"The number of unsafe abortions has increased from 19.7 million in 2003 to
21.6 million in 2008," Dr. Iqbal Shah from the WHO's Department of
Reproductive Health and Research in Geneva and one of the report's
co-authors, told IPS.
"The numbers have gone up primarily because of the increase in the size of
women's population in the reproductive age of 15-44 years, without
accompanying a rise in modern contraceptive uptake or access to safe
abortion," he explained.
"One can safely say that the unsafe abortion rate of 14 per 1,000 women in
ages 15-44 years has not gone down from 2003 to 2008," he added.
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