Essential: contraception

According to the U.N. Population Fund, 190 million women become pregnant each year. Around 50 million choose abortion, but unsafe procedures kill about 680,000 of them each year.


  • July 21, 2008 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Did you accidentally add or drop a 0 somewhere? Surely, the UN doesn’t say that over one in four pregnant women abort their foetus every year.

    Population plummeting!

  • July 25, 2008 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    No, those are the figures. Not a population fall – of course that’s still rising fast, just an awful lot of unwanted pregnancies, and women not given a real opportunity to control their own bodies, except by often dangerous and desperate means.

  • July 27, 2008 - 3:35 am | Permalink

    Hmmm. I think the numbers you have here are wrong, though I’ve seen them reported this way several times over. The World Health Organization reports that there are about 80 million unwanted pregnancies worldwide per year, that 50 million women end up hospitalized because of unsafe abortions, and that 68,000 to 70,000 women die due to unsafe abortions per year. Still not a pretty picture.

    Here’s a link:

  • July 27, 2008 - 3:48 am | Permalink

    Shoot, I blew it – FIVE million women hospitalized due to unsafe abortions.

    Pages 4-5 in the report btw.

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