“Since 1998, the Center for Reproductive Rights has produced the World’s Abortion Laws map to visually compare the legal status of abortion across the globe. The interactive map is updated in real time to keep pace with changes in how countries are protecting – or denying – women’s reproductive freedom.”
The map is amazing – in an easy-to-understand, color coded format, the map breaks down laws into categories (ex. “without restriction as to reason,” like in the US and Australia) and also into subcategories (ex. “abortion permitted in case of rape,” like in Brazil and Indonesia). We encourage you to follow this link and interact with the map.
According to the World Health Organization, around 22 million unsafe abortions take place world wide each year and about 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008. Unsafe abortion often leads to hospitalizations and/or complications, and the annual cost of treating these complications is estimated to be $680 million ANNUALLY.
Whether abortion is legal or not, women will access safe and unsafe abortions. Making abortions illegal or inaccessible will not stop women from attempting dangerous procedures to terminate their pregnancies. The better way to decrease abortion rates are to increase access to birth control and sex education, says Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood.
The divide between the pro-choice and anti-choice arguments are deep, stark, and emotionally and politically charged, but at the end of the day, the thing to remember is that safe and legal abortion is a woman’s human right. On that note, we’ll leave you with this video from the Guttmacher Institute.