The global rate of abortions, which began declining in the 1990s, has stopped declining, according to a new study published in The Lancet.
The study was conducted using the World Health Organization’s definition of safe and unsafe abortion. Safe abortion estimates were based largely on official statistics and nationally representative surveys. Unsafe abortion estimates were based primarily on information from published studies, hospital records and surveys of women.
Globally, abortions fell from 35 per 1,000 women in 1995 to 29 per 1,000 by 2003 and have remained steady since.
Worldwide, the study found that 49 percent of abortions were unsafe in 2008, compared to 44 percent in 1995. About one out of every five pregnancies in the world ended in abortion in 2008. According to the study, abortion rates are lower in regions where more women live under liberal abortion laws. Some experts say that the decrease is related to more access to information and other options in those regions where abortion laws are more liberal.
“The substantial decline in the abortion rate observed earlier has stalled, and the proportion of all abortions that are unsafe has increased. Restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates,” the study says.
The abortion issue will take center stage for Americans during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl due to a comment by blogger Sophia Brugato who encouraged supporters of abortion rights to donate to the cause each time renowned Christian and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow scored in a game last month.
“How can I support a guy that’s openly anti-choice?” she wrote. “This is the same man that used the Super Bowl to a) build his reputation and brand as the saintliest saint of an athlete that ever lived, and b) raise money for an anti-choice organization that would deny the right to abortion to millions of women that need it. Yuck.”
Her actions prompted longshot Presidential candidate Randall Terry, who in January 2011 put his name on the Democratic ticket in several States, to attempt to air graphic anti-abortion ads when the Patriots and the Giants face off in the Super Bowl, according to CNN.
“She was raising money to kill babies, and we’re raising money to save them. Fight fire with fire,” he said.