Invest in Modern Contraception and Safe Abortion – Women Deliver

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Invest in Modern Contraception and Safe Abortion


  • 214 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraception, contributing each year to 67 million unintended pregnancies, 23 million unplanned births, and 36 million induced abortions (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission, 2018)
  • 25 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide each year, contributing to 6.9 million women seeking treatment for complications from unsafe abortions in developing countries and 8%-11% of all maternal deaths (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission, 2018)
  • Increasing contraceptive use can boost economic productivity and lifetime earnings, generating returns that can exceed 10% of GDP by 2050 (The Lancet, 2014)
  • Girls’ and women’s bodily autonomy and reproductive choices are linked to increased education, productivity, and lifetime earnings (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission, 2018)
  • Investing US$8.6 per person each year would meet the need for modern contraception, abortion, and maternal and newborn care in developing countries, reducing unintended pregnancies by 75%, induced abortions by 74%, maternal deaths by 73% and newborn deaths by 80% (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission, 2018 and Guttmacher, 2017)
  • Women have fewer and less severe health complications when abortion is safe and legal (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission, 2018 and Gynuity Health Projects)