|[Published: Friday January 20 2012]
Dangerous abortions 'on the rise', WHO
Geneva, 20 Jan – (ANA) - A rising proportion of abortions worldwide are putting women's health at risk, researchers say.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests global abortion rates are steady, at 28 per 1,000 women a year.
However, the proportion of the total carried out without trained clinical help rose from 44% in 1995 to 49% in 2008.
The Lancet, which carried the report, said the figures were "deeply disturbing".
Unsafe abortion is one of the main contributors to maternal death worldwide, and refers to procedures outside hospitals, clinics and surgeries, or without qualified medical supervision.
Women are more vulnerable to dangerous infection or bleeding in these environments.
In developing countries, particularly those with more restrictive abortion laws, most abortions are unsafe, with 97% of abortions in Africa described this way.
In comparison, 95% of abortions in Latin America were deemed unsafe, falling to 40% in Asia, 15% in Oceania and 9% in Europe.
To compile the figures - often a difficult task in countries where abortion is illegal - the researchers used surveys, official statistics and hospital records. (ANA)
FA/ANA/20 January 2012--------