Abortion Down, Contraception Up: Recipe for Health Reform?
October 14, 2009
US News and World Report
Global abortion rates are down—from an estimated 45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit research center that supports abortion rights. A key reason for that drop, the report said, was that the proportion of married women using contraception worldwide increased from 54 percent in 1990 to 63 percent in 2003 as pregnancy prevention methods became more available and socially acceptable.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that unsafe abortions kill 70,000 women a year, mostly in poorer countries with strict antiabortion laws...