Abortion: Worldwide Rate Stopped Falling After 2003

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Published: January 23, 2012

The world’s abortion rate, which began declining steadily in the 1990s, has stopped falling, according to a new study.

The study, published online last week in The Lancet, was done by the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute in New York, which studies sexuality and reproductive health.

Globally, abortions fell from 35 per 1,000 women in 1995 to 29 per 1,000 by 2003. After that, the rate essentially leveled off.

The study blamed a decline in access to birth control.

“When contraception rates are high, abortion rates are low,” Gilda Sedgh, a senior research associate at the institute and the lead author of the new study, said in an interview.

Birth control may have declined as the fight against AIDS, malaria and other diseases diverted dollars from it, she added.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

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