Is Abortion Right For Me?
Her Smart Choice Women’s Health Center Educational Series Presents ‘Is Abortion Right For Me?’
Worldwide, the estimated rate for abortion between 2010 and 2014 was 35 out of 1000 women (3.5%) ages 15 to 44. The rate in resource-rich countries was 27 per 1000 (2.7%) and in resource-limited countries was 37 per 1000 (3.7%).
The highest rate was in the Caribbean with 65 per 1000 (6.5%), and the lowest rate was in North America 17 per 1000 (1.7%) and northern or western Europe 18 per 1000 (1.8%).
An estimated 25% of all pregnancies worldwide ended in induced abortion. Similarly, in the United States, close to one in four women will have an abortion during her reproductive life. Using standards set by the World Health Organization, abortion is considered medically safe when recommended methods are used by trained persons. Having an abortion does not make it harder to get pregnant again. Abortions do not harm your health, and they do not harm the health of your future babies.
If you are pregnant and considering an abortion, only you can know if the decision is right for you. It is your fundamental right to choose. You may or may not want to talk to a friend or family member, your partner, or someone else you trust.
You can always talk to a supportive health care provider or clinics that provide abortion services. It is often helpful to share your thoughts and feelings about this decision with people who will support you no matter what you decide. Asking others for their input may be helpful, but if you feel that someone is not letting you make your own decision or is trying to force you to make a particular decision, we recommend seeking additional help from a clinic or hospital.
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