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Abortions down, contraceptives up worldwide


Contraceptive use is up worldwide, and with that has come a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a report by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute. Between 1995 and 2003, the number of abortions performed worldwide fell from 45.5 million to 41.6 million. The global rate of abortions fell as well: from 35 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age (15-44) in 1995, to 29 per 1,000 women in 2003. The decline corresponds with a growth in contraceptive use worldwide. The proportion of married women practising contraception rose from 54 per cent in 1990 to 63 per cent in 2003, Guttmacher reports. Unmarried, sexually active women are also more likely to be using contraception. The report found that the incidence of abortion does not correlate to its legal status. Legal or not, abortions take place at roughly equal rates. Illegal abortions, however, entail significant safety issues—especially in developing countries.

The Christian Science Monitor

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  1. Funny how abortion rates don't seem to vary whether abortion is legal or not when pro-abortion think tanks do the study.

    One thing we do know for certain though. The more ideologically left a location's culture is, the more abortions they have. That's why Quebec has the highest abortion rate in Canada.

    So I find the study highly suspect that nations that view the unborn as human beings would have the same abortion rates as those nations who consider it no more unethical than getting rid of a parasite.

    Here is the report that the pro-abortion media is swallowing whole:

    The basis that they make for their claims revolves around these studies:

    1. Sedgh G, Henshaw S, Singh S, Åhman E, Shah IH. Induced abortion: rates and trends worldwide. Lancet 2007; 370: 1338–45.

    2. Henshaw SK, Singh S and Haas T, The incidence of abortion worldwide, International Family Planning Perspectives , 1999, 25(Suppl.):S30–S38.

    8 years apart with two authors in common. I'd like to look at these studies directly to examine their methodology and statistics gathering. For example, how do you find out how many abortions occur if the practice is illegal? How much guess work is involved?

    The rest of the report is pretty much non-controversial. Of course abortion is going to be safer if it is routinely practiced in proper facilities. As well, the sexual revolution was not limited to the developed world, so it is not surprising that people who use more contraceptives if they are unmarried will have fewer abortions.

    Of course, if I was to say that abortions were to drop in the developed world contraceptives is going to have a far less long term impact than responsible social programs that make keeping a child a viable option, and a general recognition that the unborn are members of your family that you have moral responsibilities toward. Quebec proves that.

    • Of course when you pick one small "market", like Quebec, you are going to find they have higher or lower than average numbers. Statistically, whether abortions or legal or not, they even out. When you look at any particular market there are 3 options: higher than average, average, or lower than average. That's how stats work.