Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: levels and trends

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Lead author Gilda Sedgh said: “These trends suggest that women and couples in the developed world have become more successful at avoiding unintended pregnancies… over the last two decades. High abortion rates are directly correlated to high levels of unmet contraceptive need.” In 2010-14, the abortion rate was 37 per 1,000 where abortion is restricted or prohibited altogether. In countries where it was available on request, the abortion rate was 34 per 1,000.

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