Estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year globally


"The highest proportions of safe abortions were seen in countries with less restrictive laws, high economic development and well-developed health infrastructures, suggesting that both the legal framework and overall development of a country plays a role in abortion safety", said lead author Dr. Bela Ganatra, a scientist at the WHO.

Among the unsafe abortions, almost 31% were classified by the study authors as less safe.

"Women are going to have abortions when they are faced with the situation where they need it and if they can't get access to safe ones they will go further down the spectrum to less safe and perhaps even risky", she said.

When abortions are performed in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines and standards, the risk of severe complications or death is negligible it said.

At the bottom of the scale, we find abortions "less safe" (up 14.4 % or $ 8 million), as made by people who are not trained and use methods that are risky and/or invasive procedures (ingestion of caustic substances, insertion of foreign bodies, use of concoctions-traditional).

It says that in addition, there are eight million "least safe" abortions by untrained people using herbs or non-medical tools.

The vast majority of abortions in Africa were categorized as least safe and were associated with higher risk of death.

The authors of the study, which was published in medical journal "The Lancet," stated that 97 percent of all unsafe abortions took place in developing countries. We emphasise that access to safe and.

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In North America, 99 per cent of abortions were classified as safe, followed by northern Europe (98 per cent), western Europe (94 per cent), and southern Europe (91 per cent).

"I think that there's no question that unsafe abortion continues to be one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, and importantly this is preventable", Dr Lisa Haddad, an obstetrician-gynaecologist who has worked at clinics in sub-Saharan Africa, told CNN.

Meanwhile, 30.7% of all abortions (12.1 million) were put into the less safe category.

The safety of abortion in developed countries (where it is likely to be legal) is also exaggerated.

The researchers themselves noted in the study that, in general, empirical data on abortions were scarce, especially in countries where abortions were legally restricted, stigmatized or less likely to be reported. "Now, these are very safe medicines but in these situations women have to use it without any guarantee about the quality of the drugs, without the appropriate information, or somebody to go to for support".

Such a disparity often emerges when any health outcome is measured in developed versus developing regions, but safe abortion care is possible in developing countries, Ganatra said.

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. Those complications included incomplete abortions, hemorrhaging and infections.

Every year, an estimated 55.7 million abortions are performed worldwide. This law, known as the Global Gag Rule, forbids the US's federal funds from going towards any organisation that so much as mentions "abortion" in its documents.