"About 70,000 women die every year and many more suffer harm as a result of unsafe abortions in countries with restrictive laws on ending a pregnancy, according to a report.The deaths here are of real, live women - not embryos, fetuses, "unborn babies"; what ends in each case is not a "potential" life, but an actual one. The most obvious lesson is that prohibitions do not cut the rate of abortion. They simply insure that abortions are unsafe to women.
The total number of abortions across the globe has fallen, the influential Guttmacher Institute says, but that drop relates only to legal abortions and is mostly the result of changes in eastern Europe.
There were 41.6m terminations worldwide in 2003, compared with 45.5m in 1995. But in 2003, says the report, 19.7m of these were unsafe, clandestine abortions. The numbers of those have hardly changed from 1995, when there were 19.9m.
Almost all the unsafe abortions were in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws."
Of course, the best way to prevent abortions is to prevent unplanned pregnancies. And the best way to do that is via safe, effective, accessible birth control. Ooooppps! How many pro-life types support policies to make birth control accessible?