Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress (Report)
Persons: Reviewee: Singh, Susheela; Wulf, Deirdre; Hussain, Rubina
Accession Number: 236247790
Full Text: Susheela Singh, Deirdre Wulf, Rubina Hussain, et al, 2009

This report assesses progress over the past decade regarding the legality, safety and accessibility of abortion services worldwide. It summarises developments in policy and documents recent trends in abortion incidence, with a focus on unsafe abortion. In every region of the world, increased rates of contraceptive use have contributed to decreases in unintended pregnancies and a reduced need for abortion. These changes occurred alongside a global trend toward liberalising abortion laws. Nineteen countries have significantly reduced restrictions in their abortion laws since 1997, while only three have substantially increased legal restrictions. Bur progress is very uneven. Improvements in the developing world, and Africa in particular, lag far behind. Unsafe abortions, nearly all of which occur in the developing world, continue in huge numbers and millions of women still have no access to family planning. One in eight maternal deaths are a direct result of unsafe abortion. Each year, 70,000 women die and eight million suffer serious complications from unsafe abortion, three million of whom are never treated. The report makes three recommendations: expand access to modern contraceptives and improve family planning services, expand access to legal abortion and ensure that safe and legal abortion services are available, and improve the coverage and quality of post-abortion care. Regional fact sheets accompany the report and offer information on the legal status, incidence and consequences of unsafe abortion in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

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