25-mn unsafe abortions occur each year: UN health agency

    United Nations, Sept 29 :  About 25 million unsafe abortions, accounting for 45 per cent of all abortions, occurred every year from 2010 to 2014 worldwide, with 97 per cent of those unsafe procedures occurring in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a new United Nations study has found.
    “Increased efforts report are needed, especially in developing regions, to ensure access to contraception and safe abortion,” says Bela Ganatra, a scientist and the lead author of the study, The Lancet, released today by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute, according to a press release by the UN News Centre here.
    “Despite recent advances in technology and evidence, too many unsafe abortions still occur, and too many women continue to suffer and die,” added Ms.
    Ganatra of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research.
    For the first time, the study includes sub-classifications within the unsafe abortion category as less safe or least safe.(UNI)