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The study called for less restrictive laws on abortions as this will go a long way in saving women's lives and also encourage women who have to perform the act seek the help of trained officers. Sometimes those women wind up dead.

Paris - Almost half of the abortions performed each year in the world (25.5 million out of a total of 55.7) does not take place in conditions of sufficient security, alarm the world health Organization (WHO) in a study published on Thursday.

It's never been easier to have a safe abortion. These were abortions that were done by a trained provider but with an outdated method, or if the abortion was done with a safe method but without the support of a trained person.

The study which was carried out by World Health Organisation and the Guttmacher Institute said countries such as Nigeria which have anti-abortion law raise the health risk for women because most of the abortions there were illegal and often done by untrained personnel.

Majority of unsafe abortions, or 97 percent, occurred in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said. In developing nations, however, the picture is much grimmer.

The results were split into continents, and show that Africa has the largest proportion of "least safe" abortions, with Oceania coming second in this abysmal league table, Latin America next and with Asia coming last. Compared with countries with less restrictive abortion laws, those with highly restrictive abortion laws had a significantly higher proportion of unsafe abortions. That means the actual number of abortions is likely higher than the figures in their report.

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Ganatra said that she hopes researchers will do a better job studying how women actually have abortions around the world, which is hard because it tends to be stigmatized and because so many abortions happen outside of health systems. From that literature review and expert group discussions, they then built a statistical model to calculate global abortion safety estimates. We emphasise that access to safe and.

Nearly one-third (31percent) of abortions were "less safe", meaning they were either performed by a trained provider using an unsafe or outdated method such as "sharp curettage", or by an untrained person albeit using a safe method like misoprostol, a drug that can be used for many medical purposes, including to induce an abortion.

A stark 14.4% (8 million) were classified as least safe.

"The vast majority of unsafe abortions in Africa were categorised as "least safe", and were associated with high rates of death", the researchers said in a statement.

If it wasn't clear already, the report highlights just how important it is to preserve existing abortion laws in the United States, and elsewhere. Nevertheless, this type of informal self-use of medication abortion that women have to resort to secretly does not meet WHO's safe abortion standards. The further eight million were performed under desperate circumstances - named "least safe" - and included toxic pills and inserting wires to force a miscarriage, among other methods.

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