Susheela Singh


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    Trends in induced abortion Background: Abortion levels and trends often
    mirror patterns in the incidence of unintended
    pregnancy. We present estimated safe and unsafe
    abortion levels globally and in all the major world

    regions and subregions for 2008, the most recent
    year available, and trends in abortion incidence
    between 1995, 2003 and 2008. We also explore
    the association of the legal status of abortion with
    the abortion rate. Finally, we examine abortion
    rates and the distribution of abortion by age, and
    variations in these measures across geographical
    areas and over time.
    Select Findings: The global abortion rate was
    steady between 2003 and 2008 following a period
    of decline between 1995 and 2003. Worldwide,
    49% of abortions were unsafe in 2008, compared
    to 44% in 1995. About one in five pregnancies
    ends in abortion. Restrictive abortion laws are not
    associated with lower abortion rates. Adolescents
    account for a smaller share of abortions than their
    population size would predict in most countries
    with data. The proportion of abortions obtained
    by adolescents is higher in North America than
    in Europe, though Northern Europe resembles
    North America in this respect. Findings and their
    implications will be discussed in greater detail.