Disparities in safety of abortions across countries with varying legal restrictions

Abortion occurs at similar rates in countries where it is highly restricted and where it is broadly legal. Restrictions simply make the abortions that do occur more likely to be unsafe.

Graph: The proportion of abortions that are unsafe is much higher in countries where laws are more restrictive

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Singh S et al., Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2018.