Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Are Unsafe

Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Are Unsafe

"As long as we keep it invisible, we're not going to be able to find solutions".

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 North America, 99 percent of procedures were considered safe. In countries where abortion is either completely banned or legal only when it is to protect a woman's health, only 1 in 4 abortions were safe. The study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2015.

SPUC researcher Fiorella Nash has written before about how it is misleading to talk about "safe" and "unsafe" abortion. This is the case if they are carried out by a trained staff, but with a method that is dated (such as curettage), or the opposite direction with safe means (including the use of misoprostol, a drug widely used), but in the absence of competent staff. Without legal access to abortions, women are too often left without the option of safety. An additional 8 million abortions veered into the "least safe" category, using what the Guardian calls "desperate and risky backstreet measures", including everything from "ingestion of caustic substances" to "insertion of foreign bodies". In countries where abortion is legal, nine in 10 abortions were reviewed as safe.

The study also found that in countries where abortion is completely banned or permitted only to save the woman's life or preserve her physical health, only one in four abortions were safe; whereas, in countries where abortion is legal on broader grounds, almost 9 in 10 abortions were done safely.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on abortion.

Approximately 55 percent of all abortions from 2010 to 2014 were conducted safely, which means they were performed by a trained health worker using a WHO-recommended method appropriate to the pregnancy duration.

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Around seven million women worldwide are admitted to hospital every year after their unsafe abortion leads to serious complications, including heavy bleeding, infection, and damage to the genitals. These regions also have some of the lowest abortion rates.

Restricting access to termination procedures does not reduce the number of abortions, the study concluded.

"It's something that can be provided as basic care by a range of health care workers", Ganatra said.

Deaths are highest in West and Central Africa, at around 450 per 100,000 abortions, although the study authors warn that the mortality estimates are based on data from different time periods, The Guardian UK says. 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.

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.

Of the 25.1 million unsafe abortions that occurred annually between 2010 and 2014, 8.0 million were estimated to be least safe.

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