A Call for Safer Birth Control Options in Developing Countries

A Call for Safer Birth Control Options in Developing Countries

In the past 25 years, the Guttmacher Institute and WHO have documented that the rate of abortion in developing countries has remained constant, a stark contrast to the significant drop in rates among developed countries (The Lancet). "More women living in countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have an unmet need for contraception than women in countries with more liberal laws, and this adds to the incidence of abortion in countries with restrictive laws," says Dr Sedgh of the Guttmacher Institute (The Lancet). Due to the lack of legal family planning options in these developing countries, women are driven to have unsafe abortions performed as a last resort. Therefore, to preserve women’s health in these developing countries there is a need increased availability of safe birth control options.

 

References: 

The Lancet. (2016, May). “Abortion rate at all-time low in developed countries but remain unchanged in developing countries.” Retrieved from: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160511210615.htm

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