A study has revealed that 41 million abortion representing 73 percent of all abortions done across the world were done by married women. According to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation, between 2010–2014, a quarter of all pregnancies worldwide ended in abortion with an estimated abortion rate in 2010–2014 was 35 per 1,000 women – 36 per 1,000 for married women and 25 per 1,000 for unmarried women.
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The report reads in part: “Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: global, regional, and subregional levels and trends,” by Gilda Sedgh et al., noted that, although the overall number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15–44 years old) in developed countries dropped from 46 to 27, in developing countries, it changed little, from 39 to 37.
The percentage of abortions dropped in developed regions from 39 percent in 1990–1994 to 28 percent in 2010–2014, while in developing countries, aborted pregnancies went from 21 percent to 24 percent over the same time span. “ The study also found that although the global abortion rate declined slightly during the 25-year period studied, the absolute number of abortions per year increased as a result of population growth. Globally, the annual number of abortions grew by almost six million, from 50.4 million in 1990–1994 to 56.3 million in 2010–2014.
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“These trends suggest that women and couples in the developed world have become more successful at avoiding unintended pregnancies—the cause of most abortions—over the last two decades,” noted Dr. Sedgh, lead author of the study and a principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute. “High abortion rates are directly correlated to high levels of unmet contraceptive need. Our findings indicate that in many developing regions, women lack the contraceptive services they need and are unable to prevent pregnancies they do not want to have.”