Guttmacher Abortion Study in the Lancet
rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those
where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to
deter women seeking it. Moreover, the researchers found
that abortion was safe in countries where it was legal, but dangerous
in countries where it was outlawed and performed clandestinely. … In
Eastern Europe, where contraceptive choices have broadened since the
fall of Communism, the study found that abortion rates have decreased
by 50 percent, although they are still relatively high compared with
those in Western Europe. . . .In Uganda, where abortion is illegal and
sex education programs focus
only on abstinence, the estimated abortion rate was 54 per 1,000 women
in 2003, more than twice the rate in the United States, 21 per 1,000 in
that year. The lowest rate, 12 per 1,000, was in Western Europe, with
legal abortion and widely available contraception.
More thoughts on this over at the Mirror of Justice.