Almost Half of Abortions Are 'Unsafe': WHO
Globally, 49% are performed without clinical help
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2012 11:18 AM CST
This is not an appropriate tool for conducting an abortion.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The number of women having unsafe abortions outside clinical settings is on the rise, according to a new report from the World Health Organization, published in the Lancet. While the overall global abortion rate has held steady at about 28 per 1,000 women, the percentage performed without trained medical help has risen from 44% in 1995 to 49% in 2008.

The problem is particularly pronounced in Africa and Latin America, where a whopping 97% and 95% of abortions, respectively, are considered unsafe. In Europe, by contrast, only 9% of abortions were unsafe, and almost all of those were in Eastern Europe. Overall, the percentages of pregnancies ending in abortions fell, from 36% to 26%. But there was no correlation between more restrictive abortion laws and the number of abortions performed; indeed, the abortion rate was actually lower in regions with more liberal laws.

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Jan 19, 2012 4:39 PM CST
That coat hanger should be the symbol of the GOP
Jan 19, 2012 3:04 PM CST
My friend's cousin had what I call an unsafe abortion right here in the USA in a Planned Parenthood. She was 17 and 12 weeks pregnant. The nurse told her that the pictures of aborted fetuses weren't real. She then told her that the fetus she was carrying was just a ball of cells, with no face or limbs or brain. My friend's cousin then asked if it had a heartbeat- the nurse said no. She went ahead with the abortion. She then went to college as a biology major, and learned the truth- her fetus looked like a tiny baby, had a heartbeat, and brainwaves. She was inconsolable. (this is the part where my friend got tears in her eyes telling me this) She couldn't see a newborn baby or even a pregnant woman without crying. She rarely even smiled. She kept saying that she "murdered her baby" and talked about herself as being a "monster" or a "murderer". Her parents were worried about her and found her a therapist. Unfortunately, therapy didn't help, and my friend's cousin committed suicide at the age of 20. I think women need to be informed- or tragedies such as this one will keep happening. My friend's cousin (whom I'm not identifying by name because I know she wouldn't want to be remembered for the abortion) is not the only woman who's killed herself over abortion.
Jan 19, 2012 1:49 PM CST
The photo of the wire hanger is REALLY unnecessary.