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Abortion rates stay steady in developing nations but fall elsewhere

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2705 (Published 12 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2705
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Abortion rates in developing countries have remained relatively unchanged over the last 25 years because of difficulties in accessing effective contraception, whereas they have fallen to a historic low in developed countries, a paper published in the Lancet has shown.1

The paper said that countries with restrictive abortion laws have similar rates to those where it is legal, but the procedure is often performed under unsafe conditions.

The authors used data from nationally representative surveys, official statistics, and other studies—along with information on the level of unmet need for …

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