Abortion incidence rates

Worldwide, unsafe abortion accounts for 9% of all maternal deaths.

In other words, 9 out of 100 women who die from any cause related to a pregnancy, die because of an unsafe abortion.

Globally there are as many unsafe abortions as safe abortions conducted. In many regions the majority of abortions are unsafe, as you can see in the table below.

Region Percentage of abortions that are unsafe**
Africa 97%
Latin American & Caribbean 95%
South Asia 65%
South East Asia 61%
Global 50%