The number of abortions worldwide fell from an estimated
45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003.
The overall abortion rate declined between 1995 and
2003. This is largely due to reductions in levels of safe
abortions, particularly in Eastern Europe.
The estimated number of unsafe abortions changed little during
the period from 1995 to 2003 (19.9 million to 19.7 million) and
almost all occurred in developing countries.
The rate of safe abortions dropped between 1995 and
2003 from 20 to 15 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, while
the unsafe abortion rate declined hardly at all-from 15
to 14 per 1,000. The overall abortion rate declined from
35 to 29 per 1,000.
According to the Guttmacher Institute about 70,000 women die each year from the effects of
Top 5 facts sources:
Cohen, S. (2011). "Facts and Consequences: Legality, Incidence and Safety of Abortion Worldwide. Retrieved Jan, 2011 from: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/12/4/gpr120402.html