Readers Blog: Lower rates in countries where abortion is legal
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Repeated international studies have shown that in countries where abortion is legalised there tends to be lower abortion rates than in countries where abortion is illegal or restricted.
An example in practice is Switzerland who has one of the lowest abortion rates in the world, followed closely by Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.
All these countries allow for abortion unrestricted up to 12 weeks. When Portugal legalised abortion in 2007, legal abortions matched illegal abortion rates initially and then declined over time until finally stabilising.