Study finds nearly half of abortions worldwide are unsafe

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Released ahead of International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, a new study from The Lancet finds that nearly half of all abortions each year worldwide are unsafe. The study is the first of its kind to estimate how many women are able to access safe abortion care, and how many of them die when it’s unavailable—a metric especially difficult to obtain in countries where the abortion remains illegal.

Also in recognition of International Safe Abortion Day, Marie Stopes Mexico Country Director Aracell Lopez Nava Vázquez asserts in a piece for Huffington Post UK that blocking funding for abortion or legally restricting it doesn't prevent it from happening; restrictions actually drive up the number of unsafe abortions. She says what does improve women’s health is increased access to contraception and quality sex education. Unfortunately, funding cuts following President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy will make those services even more difficult for women and girls to find in the years ahead.

Read the full piece on why anti-abortion laws don't work or delve deeper into new data from The Lancet.


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