The worldwide abortion rate has fallen, according to a new study. But the rate of unsafe abortions has risen during the same time span. The new research also shows the actual number of abortions has also increased, to 43.8 million in 2008.
Researchers defined unsafe abortion according to World Health Organization standards, meaning the person performing the abortion does not have the necessary skills or it takes place in an environment that doesn’t conform to medical standards.
According to the ABC News article:
While almost all reported abortions were deemed safe in North America and Europe, nearly all abortions (97 percent) in Africa were considered unsafe in 2008. Nearly all abortions were performed under safe conditions in East Asia, but 65 percent were considered unsafe across south central Asia.
Over the past three decades, about 20 percent of all pregnancies around the world have ended in abortion, according to the research.