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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Over the past three decades, the proportion of unintended pregnancies ending in abortion has increased in countries where more legal restrictions are in place, and where it may be harder to access safe abortion services.