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

This sixth edition of the WHO Global and regional estimates of unsafe abortion and associated mortality is a resource on unsafe abortion. The following areas are covered:

  • background
  • legal context of abortion
  • barriers to accessing safe abortion services
  • fertility transition, unplanned pregnancy, contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning
  • health consequences of unsafe abortion and impact on health services
  • Estimating unsafe abortion incidence and mortality
  • regional and global incidence of unsafe abortion
  • regional and global mortality due to unsafe abortion

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