Unsafe abortion and postabortion care – an overview

  title={Unsafe abortion and postabortion care – an overview},
  author={Vibeke Rasch},
  journal={Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica},
  • V. Rasch
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Forty per cent of the world's women are living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, which prohibit abortion or only allow abortion to protect a woman's life or her physical or mental health. In countries where abortion is restricted, women have to resort to clandestine interventions to have an unwanted pregnancy terminated. As a consequence, high rates of unsafe abortion are seen, such as in Sub‐Saharan Africa where unsafe abortion occurs at rates of 18–39 per 1 000 women. The… 
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