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.