A WHO study shows that anti-abortion laws increase the health risks of women.
According to research conducted by WHO and the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank on reproductive health in the United States, nearly 25.5 million unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The group noted that ” the problem is particularly acute in 62 countries where women are prohibited from terminating their pregnancies early or when they can do so only if their health is at risk”.
According to research, a quarter of abortions in these countries are conducted with unsafe methods .
He added that in countries where the procedure was legal, the rate was only 10%, according to statistics from 2010 to 2014.
Bela Ganatra, a WHO specialist who was the lead author of the study, said that when women and girls can not access effective contraception and safe abortion services, there is serious consequences for their health and that of their families.
” Too many women continue to suffer and die,” she said.
The report distinguished between 17 million abortions each year that are “less safe”, carried out by professionals with risky methods or by people not recommended. And adds that in addition, there are eight million “less safe” abortions by untrained people using herbs or non-medical tools.
“Countries must make abortion legal to protect them,” said WHO, who called for policies that would improve sexual education, access to contraception and family planning.