Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress


Deirdre Wulf
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Gilda Sedgh

This is an archived report. The most recent estimates can be found here.


Published in 2009, this report assesses progress over the past decade regarding the legality, safety and accessibility of abortion services worldwide. It summarizes developments in policy and documents recent trends in abortion incidence, with a focus on unsafe abortion. It also examines the relationship between unintended pregnancy, contraception and abortion, placing abortion within the broader context of women’s reproductive lives.

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