Report says access to contraception led to decrease in abortions

A Guttmacher Institute study
A rise in contraceptive use has led to a decline in unwanted pregnancies and consequently a decline in abortions worldwide—from 45.5 million procedures in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003, according to a study released by the Guttmacher Institute.

“The progress made during the past decade in increasing contraceptive use and reducing the need for abortion is fundamentally good news—the world is moving in the right direction,” said Sharon Camp, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, in a press release.

Despite the “good news,” Camp nonetheless still has concerns about abortion and unwanted pregnancies, including highly restricted access to abortion in developing countries and the continuation of unsafe abortions.


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