Study finds global abortion rates no longer on the decline

February 24, 2012

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A patient receives an ultrasound ecography at an abortion clinic in Madrid.

Some 22 percent of pregnancies end in abortion in the United States. That’s according to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that studies women’s reproductive health.  A study published in The Lancet last month found that the world’s abortion rate, which had been on the decline, has stopped falling. Gilda Sedgh, the lead author of the study and a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, discusses her findings.