The Top 5 World Regions with the Most Abortions

  World Region Percentage of Abortions
1 Asia 62%
2 Africa 14%
3 Latin America & Caribbean 10%
4 Europe 10%
5 North America 4%
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 Facts
  1. The number of abortions worldwide fell from an estimated 45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003.
  2. The overall abortion rate declined between 1995 and 2003. This is largely due to reductions in levels of safe abortions, particularly in Eastern Europe.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. According to the Guttmacher Institute about 70,000 women die each year from the effects of unsafe abortion.
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. 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
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Sources:  Guttmacher Institute Report: Abortion Worldwide, A Decade of Uneven Progress.

List Notes: Data is abortions performed worldwide for the year 2003.
World Regions with the Most Abortions

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