Abortion rates fall to historic low in wealthy countries, little changed elsewhere

Reuters, Wed May 11, 2016 8:28pm EDT

Abortion rates have dropped dramatically in the past 25 years to historic lows in wealthy countries, but dipped only slightly in poorer developing nations, according to a global study published on Wednesday.

The study – by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Guttmacher Institute – also found that imposing restrictive laws does little to lower abortion rates, but is more likely to force people into having unsafe terminations.

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