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Abortion rates fall in wealthy countries

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>> There's been a dramatic drop in the number of people having abortions. That's according to a global study by the World Health Organization in Guttmacher Institute that found in wealthy countries abortion rates were at historic lows. But it's a slightly different picture in poor and developing nations. Where termination numbers dipped only slightly.
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Reuters Health Correspondent, Kate Kelland, has been looking at the figures.>> The thing that's happening in developing countries is that while women do want to have smaller families, the family planning services are just not keeping up with that. So there isn't enough access to things like the pill, or other devices that can help them to avoid having such large families.
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>> One of the main findings of the study shows that imposing restrictive laws does little to lower abortion rates. Instead, it's likely to force people into having unsafe terminations.>> In Africa, for example, where the vast majority of abortions are illegal People still have the same rates of abortion as they do elsewhere and they're relatively high.
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This means that what women are doing is they're going underground. They're going to places where they might have an abortion that is unsafe. And it can be dangerous.>> The WHO say the fallout from those unsafe procedures is costing $300 million a year in treatment for complications. Money they say, would be much better spent on investing in modern contraception.