Global | Abortion

Legality and Safety

The Guttmacher Institute conducts research to determine the incidence of abortion at the national, regional and global levels. The Institute has developed a widely published methodology to measure the incidence of the practice in countries where abortion is restricted by law and where the majority of abortions are clandestine and likely unsafe.

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The proportion of unintended pregnancies ending in abortion—as great as 68%, even in countries that completely prohibit abortion—illustrates the strength of the desire of millions of women and adolescents to avoid unplanned childbearing