Abortion rates worldwide stall
ABORTION rates around the world have "stalled" after a long period of decline.
The same study also reveals that the proportion of unsafe procedures has risen.
Between 1995 and 2003, the global number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age dropped from 35 to 29. By 2008, the rate was 28 -- virtually unchanged in five years. From 1995 to 2008 the proportion of abortions classified as unsafe rose from 44pc to 49pc, scientists reported in The Lancet medical journal.
Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organisation as a termination performed by an individual lacking the necessary skills.