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Worldwide Abortion Statistics

Facts and figures relating to the incidence of abortion worldwide.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) along with the World Health Organization (WHO) provides data on induced abortion worldwide.

 Worldwide Incidence and Trends

 Regional Incidence and Trends

The following chart is also taking from the AGI/WHO report:

INCIDENCE AND RATES

Global and regional estimates of induced abortion, 1995 and 2003

Region and Subregion

No. of abortions (millions)

Abortion rate*

1995

2003

1995

2003

World

45.6

41.6

35

29

Developed countries

10.0

6.6

39

26

   Excluding Eastern Europe

3.8

3.5

20

19

Developing countries†

35.5

35.0

34

29

   Excluding China

24.9

26.4

33

30

Estimates by region

Africa

5.0

5.6

33

29

Asia

26.8

25.9

33

29

Europe

7.7

4.3

48

28

Latin America

4.2

4.1

37

31

Northern America

1.5

1.5

22

21

Oceania

0.1

0.1

21

17

*Abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44

†Those within Africa, the Americas, excluding Canada and the United States of America, Asia, excluding Japan, and Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand

 

 

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In the full report )http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360761575X/abstract), there is no valid explanation of how the abortion rates in developing countries where abortion is illegal were obtained.  Those countries do not have mandated reporting, and abortion is illegal.  There is no possible way for any valid data to be collected.  Several subreferences into the report some information is given about how the numbers were made up, literally made up.  In some cases a single hospital study of anecdotal evidence is extrapolated to the whole country, and then in surrounding countries the same numbers are used.  These number are meaningless because the data is nonexistent.

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