Almost half of all abortions performed worldwide are unsafe, reveals WHO
World Health Organisation figures show 25.1 million procedures every year are not safe, with abortion-related deaths highest in west and central Africa
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Wednesday 27 September 2017
There are nearly 56 million abortions every year in the world and almost half of them are unsafe, according to a major piece of research from the World Health Organisation.
The study found that there were 55.7 million abortions every year between 2010 and 2014 worldwide, and of them 17.1 million were 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.