Almost Half of the Abortions Performed Every Year Are Unsafe

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In South-Central Asia, however, less than 1 in 2 abortions were safe.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 22-million unsafe abortions take place each year, resulting in at least 47,000 deaths and seven million health complications, mainly in developing countries.

Approximately 55 percent of all abortions from 2010 to 2014 were conducted safely, which means they were performed by a trained health worker using a WHO-recommended method appropriate to the pregnancy duration.

Almost 31 percent of all abortions, or about 17 million, were classified as "less safe". These were abortions that were done by a trained provider but with an outdated method, or if the abortion was done with a safe method but without the support of a trained person.

They found that 55% of abortions performed worldwide were considered safe, which meant that the abortions used a method that was recommended by the World Health Organization, including medical abortion, vacuum aspiration or dilatation and evacuation, and that the abortion was provided and supported by someone who is trained in the procedure.

Regions with the most unsafe abortions were Africa and Latin America. Abortion is considered safest in areas like northern Europe and northern America.

Majority of unsafe abortions, or 97 percent, occurred in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said.

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"When women and girls can not access effective contraception and safe abortion services, there are serious consequences for their own health and that of their families", Dr Bela Ganatra, lead author of the study and a scientist in the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, said.

The percentage of abortions that were safe in low-income countries.

The authors categorized the procedures into three categories: safe, less safe, and least safe. Of those unsafe abortions, the majority were characterized as "least safe". This is not how things are done in a medical or surgical abortion, but it is how some of the world's most disadvantaged women are treated in lieu of decent healthcare. "Progress towards safer abortion is needed, even in some developed countries". In developed countries, 12.5% of abortions were unsafe.

US President Donald Trump has reinstated a policy that requires foreign NGOs that receive US global family planning funds to certify that they do not perform abortions or provide abortion advice as a method of family planning. The legal situation in women's home countries also plays a big role.

Indeed, complications from in-clinic and medication abortions (when done following the correct procedures and under the guidance of a trained individual) are extremely rare.

The solution? Dr Gunatra says: 'Increasing the availability, accessibility and affordability of contraception can reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancies, and therefore abortions, but it is essential to combine this strategy with interventions to ensure access to safe abortions.' First things first, though, let's sort out the stigma and laws surrounding women's abortion rights.

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