It is estimated that some 222 million women want to avoid pregnancy around the world, but are not using modern contraceptives. A video from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the best way to avoid abortion is to ensure that women have access to contraceptive services. Doing so empowers women to make the decision when to have children.
The rate of abortions is not a problem of legal status, but one of unintended pregnancies. Abortion rates in Latin American and Africa are higher than that of Europe despite the fact that many Latin American and African countries have restrictive abortion laws. 47,000 women needlessly die each year from unsafe abortions and these deaths can almost entirely be prevented.
Watch the video to learn more.