Global | Abortion


The costs of treating medical complications from unsafe abortion constitute a significant financial burden for developing countries’ public health care systems. The Guttmacher Institute estimates the health, social and economic consequences of unsafe abortion and quantifies these costs at the national, regional and global levels.

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In low and middle-income countries, the poorest women typically are at greatest risk of experiencing serious complications from unsafe abortion. They are least likely to have access to high-quality family planning services, safe abortion procedures and postabortion care when they need treatment for complications.