Over the past two years, there has been a war going on in America over a woman’s right to choose. Since ascending to power in state and federal governments, Republicans have been on a crusade to limit women’s reproductive rights. From attempts to defund Planned Parenthood  and enacting laws that require extra hurdles for women seeking the procedure, to the bilboard campaign which claimed black children were in danger, abortion has been a hot topic lately. But a new study may bolster the claims of those who believe in a woman’s right to control her reproductive health.

According to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet, abortion rates were highest in countries that limit the procedure. The study found, “abortion rates were lowest in Western Europe – 12 per 1,000 – and highest in Eastern Europe – 43 per 1,000. The rate in North America was 19 per 1,000.” Researchers also found a link between regions with higher abortion rates in regions with strict abortion laws. And even more alarming was that 95 to 97 percent of the procedures in regions that limited access to abortions were unsafe.

Although abortion is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified doctor, researchers found that in 2008 alone nearly 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions, and another 8.5 million suffered from serious complications.

In addition to more liberal abortion laws, access to contraception also accounted for lower unwanted pregnancy rates in countries where the procedure is legal.

In light of the continued push to limit the reproductive rights of women in the U.S., this study reenforces what many have already known: when abortion is illegal, some women will go to extraordinary lengths, and even risk their lives, for the procedure.

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  • One word: Freackonomics.

  • Youngo

    wow… that is crazy smh. Start wrapping it up!
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  • Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that has stirred this whole debate Roe v. Wade.

    In light of the Lancet article you site I think it is imperative all women in this country, pro-choice or pro-life no where the Presidential candidates and congressional candidates stand on this issue. Over the last few years state’s have been enacting laws to try and start a legal battle that will bring abortion to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade they include Mississippi and other bible belt states criminalizing miscarriages, Oklahoma and Texas requiring abortion seekers to receive a sonogram and listen to a description of that sonogram, or in other more rural places shutting down clinic for minor statue violations and sending abortion seekers to “clinics” which are really religious or moral centers to discourage the woman’s intent.

    These laws coupled with Rick Santorum’s stance against contraception and abortion even if the life of the mother is endangered, the push for a federal law stating life begins at conception supported by many GOP candidates, and nearly 3 years after the murder of George Tiller the issue of abortion is not going away.

    The pro-life campaigns have only become more pointed and targeted and the extremes to which lawmakers and presidency seekers will go to condemn the law to win votes is frightening.

    As women it is our duty no matter our personal position on the issue to stand up for our own rights because clearly no one else will. In fact they rather scale them back and in turn risk the lives of many. In a conservatives conservative’s America your fetus could have more rights than you under personhood amendments.

    It makes no sense and is just plain wrong but it is where we are headed if women don’t come together and tell these men behind these bills to stop the madness.

  • apple

    i would also assume that if abortion is illegal then methods like birth control (and maybe condoms?) are not legal or heavily regulated hence increasing the more accidental births making more abortions in spite of their illegality ..

    • S

      Actually birth control e.g. condoms, pills etc is legal in many places. However, many women do not have access. Some cannot afford it and others have husbands or boyfriends who oppose their use of any contraception. They see it as “limiting their manhood” or some think the woman is using contraception because they have a secret lover-hence the need to prevent pregnancy and risk being found out when the child is born.
      Some religions also teach that using contraception is going against natural or God’s law. Even when contraception is available, sometimes people use it incorrectly.

      This happens in some African countries, Latin America etc.

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