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Abortion

For decades, the Guttmacher Institute has documented the reality of unsafe abortion in the developing world. We have pioneered methodologies to study abortion in countries where it is legally restricted, and our research portfolio includes studies on the incidence of abortion, the factors underlying women’s decisions to end their pregnancies, the conditions under which women obtain abortions, and the health, social and economic consequences of clandestine abortion. Most recently, the Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Worldwide study has produced model-based estimates of the incidence of unintended pregnancy and abortion over the period 1990–2019 for 150 countries and territories around the world. Such estimates provide an opportunity to assess trends in unintended pregnancy and abor­tion over time for individual countries and territories, as well as regionally and globally. The Institute supports policies to promote access to safe abortion services worldwide, including through U.S. foreign aid programs.

 

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The United States remains the single largest donor to family planning services in low- and middle-income countries, but that support is not keeping pace with the global need. If we are serious about reducing maternal mortality and improving people’s well-being, the investment in family planning programs needs to increase and restrictive policies that prevent the United States from providing assistance for safe abortion must be reexamined.