WHOが2019年6月26日に”Preventing unsafe abortion
- Between 2010–2014, on average, 56 million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year.
- There were 35 induced abortions per 1000 women aged between 15–44 years.
- 25% of all pregnancies ended in an induced abortion.
- The rate of abortions was higher in developing regions than in developed regions.
- Around 25 million unsafe abortions were estimated to have taken place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries (1).
- Among these, 8 million were carried out in the least- safe or dangerous conditions.
- Over half of all estimated unsafe abortions globally were in Asia.
- 3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe.
- The risk of dying from an unsafe abortion was the highest in Africa.
- Each year between 4.7% – 13.2% of maternal deaths can be attributed to unsafe abortion (2).
- Around 7 million women are admitted to hospitals every year in developing countries, as a result of unsafe abortion (3).
- The annual cost of treating major complications from unsafe abortion is estimated at US$ 553 million (4).
- Safe abortion must be provided or supported by a trained person using WHO recommended methods appropriate for the pregnancy duration.
- Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications (5).
They are less safe, when done using outdated methods like sharp curettage even if the provider is trained or if women using tablets do not have access to proper information or to a trained person if they need help.