- An estimated 19-20 million unsafe abortions take place every year. 97% of these are in developing countries.
- Despite its frequency, unsafe abortion remains one of the most neglected global public health challenges.
- An estimated 68,000 women die every year from unsafe abortion, and millions more are injured, many permanently.
- Leading causes of death are hemorrhage, infection, and poisoning from substances used to induce abortion.
- Access to modern contraception can reduce but never eliminate the need for abortion.
- Legalisation of abortion is a necessary but insufficient step toward eliminating unsafe abortion.
- When abortion is made legal, safe, and easily accessible, women’s health rapidly improves. By contrast, women’s health deteriorates when access to safe abortion is made more difficult or illegal.
- Legal abortion in developed countries is one of the safest procedures in contemporary practice, with case-fatality rates less than one death per 100,000 procedures.
- Manual vacuum aspiration (a handheld syringe as a suction source) and medical methods of inducing abortion have reduced complications.
- Treating complications of unsafe abortion overwhelms impoverished health-care services and diverts limited resources from other critical health-care programmes.
- The underlying causes of this global pandemic are apathy and disdain for women; they suffer and die because they are not valued.
*This applies to anyone with a uterus.
Just in case anti-choicers missed this the first time around. I will continue posting this over and over again.
New study shows making abortion illegal does not increase maternal mortality rate. (Just in case you missed it the first time around.)
So you have one study against what the World Health Organization has to say about it? Typical. Good game though. :)
You’re not taking into account of the several other factors your one study provided. From the study, “Educational and maternal health policies had a significant impact on the mortality trend.”
You seem to think that the WHO is a source that should be trusted on the abortion debate. Having been to the UN enough, having sat on panel discussions, having met people who work in the UN I can tell you that the pro-choice bias in there is palpable.