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‘Third’ of European pregnancies aborted

12th October 2007

A third of all pregnancies in Europe and a fifth of pregnancies worldwide end in an abortion, a study reveals today.

Dr Gilda Sedgh from the Guttmacher Institute, New York, and Dr Iqbal Shah of the World Health Organisation (WHO), calculated the number of terminations on a regional and global scale.

Their findings are published today in the medical journal the Lancet.

Abortions are particularly prevalent in eastern Europe, where terminations outnumber live births – 105 abortions for every 100 live births.

This is double the number found in the region with the next highest rate of abortion, eastern Asia, which has 51 abortions for every 100 live births.

Despite eastern Europe having the highest rate of abortion, the region also saw the biggest decline (50 per cent) in the number of terminations carried out between 1995 and 2003.

“Although abortion rates and ratios in the countries of the former Soviet Union have fallen substantially in recent years, the rates in eastern Europe remain higher than any other region,” the researchers write.

Europe as a whole saw nearly a third of all pregnancies end in abortion, largely due to the high figures from its eastern countries.

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