Half of abor­tions an­nu­ally un­safe:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Nearly half of the 55.7 mil­lion abor­tions that take place glob­ally each year are un­safe and putting women’s lives at risk, a study said on Wed­nes­day, call­ing for greater ac­cess to con­tra­cep­tion and safe ter­mi­na­tions.

The study, led by the World Health The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and New York’s Guttmacher In­sti­tute, found 25.5 mil­lion abor­tions ev­ery year were con­ducted out­side the for­mal health sys­tem or us­ing tra­di­tional, in­va­sive means.

The ma­jor­ity of these — 97 per­cent — were tak­ing place in Africa, Asia and Latin Amer­ica, af­fect­ing 24 mil­lion women, ac­cord­ing to the re­search pub­lished in The Lancet med­i­cal jour­nal.

Ac­cord­ing to the WHO, around 47,000 women die from botched abor­tions each year, ac­count­ing for al­most 13 per­cent of ma­ter­nal deaths world­wide.

The study’s lead au­thor Bela Gana­tra from WHO said the laws and wealth of a coun­try in­flu­enced the safety of abor­tions with the high­est pro­por­tion of safe abor­tions in wealth­ier coun­tries with less re­stric­tive laws and well de­vel­oped health ser­vices.

“In­creas­ing the avail­abil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity of con­tra­cep­tion can re­duce the in­ci­dence of un­in­tended preg­nan­cies, and there­fore abor­tions,” Gana­tra said in a state­ment.

“But it is essen­tial to com­bine this strat­egy with in­ter­ven­tions to en­sure ac­cess to safe abor­tions.”

The study found out nearly nine out of ev­ery 10 abor­tions in de­vel­oped coun­tries were safe, mean­ing they were con­ducted by a trained provider and us­ing a WHO recommended method.

In 57 coun­tries where abor­tion was avail­able on re­quest, nearly 90 per­cent of abor­tions were safe.



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