Induced abortion worldwide: long-term decline has stalled

After a period of substantial decline, the global abortion rate has stalled, according to new research from WHO and the Guttmacher Institute.

Between 1995 and 2003 the abortion rate per 1000 women of childbearing age worldwide dropped from 35 to 29; the new study found that in 2008 the global abortion rate was 28 per 1000, and was almost unchanged since 2003. The researchers also found that nearly half of all abortions worldwide followed unsafe procedures and almost all unsafe abortions occurred in the developing world.

An article has been published in The Lancet.