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Banning Abortion Endangers Women's Health

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  • Unintended pregnancy is the root cause of most abortions.
    • Source: Singh S et al., Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.
  • 225 million women in the developing world have an unmet need for modern contraception.
    • Source: Singh S, Darroch JE and Ashford L, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2014.
  • More than 22,000 women die yearly from complications of unsafe abortions.
    • Sources: Singh S, Darroch JE and AshfordL, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2014.
    • Say L et al., Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis, Lancet Global Health, 2014, doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70227-X.
  • Millions more are injured.
    • Source: Singh S and Maddow-Zimmet I, Facility-based treatment for medical complications resulting from unsafe pregnancy termination in the developing world, 2012: a review of evidence from 26 countries, BJOG, 2015, doi:10.1111/1471-0528.13552.
  • 86% of abortions take place in the developing world, most of these in countries where abortion laws are highly restrictive.
    • Source: Sedgh G et al., Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008, Lancet, 2012, 379(9816):625–632.
  • Making abortion illegal does not stop it from occurring—it just forces women to obtain clandestine and unsafe procedures.
    • Source: Singh S et al., Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.
  • Percentage of abortions that are unsafe (map)
    • Source: Sedgh G et al., Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008, Lancet, 2012, 379(9816):625–632.