Sexual and reproductive health

Unsafe abortion: global and regional estimates of the incidence of unsafe abortion and associated mortality in 2008

Sixth edition

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Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 56
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150111 8

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This document, now in its sixth edition, presents global and regional estimates of the incidence of unsafe abortion and associated mortality in 2008. An estimated 21.6 million unsafe abortions took place worldwide in 2008, almost all in developing countries. Numbers of unsafe abortions have increased from 19.7 million in 2003 although the overall unsafe abortion rate remains unchanged at about 14 unsafe abortions per 1000 women aged 15–44 years. This increase in number of unsafe abortions without a corresponding increase in the rate is mainly due to the growing population of women of reproductive age.