Nearly 50% of abortions worldwide unsafe – WHO

Nearly 50% of abortions worldwide unsafe – WHO

BY BBC NEWS,28TH SEPT 2017-Nearly 56 million abortions are performed each year around the world and almost half of them are unsafe, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports, quoting research from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The highest levels of unsafe abortions were in Africa, where only about one in four are safe and as a result abortion deaths are high.

According to the the study, published in the Lancet medical journal, 55.7 million abortions were performed every year between 2010 and 2014 across the world, and 17.1 million of them were considered unsafe because the woman was taking pills alone or was with a trained helper but using a method of abortion that is no longer considered best practice.

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