Abortion Rates by Country 2020

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Tracking the rates of abortion around the world is difficult because many nations do not record or report abortion rates. This is especially true in nations where abortion is illegal, and no types of records are kept.

Studies show that abortion rates may be much higher in nations where abortion is illegal. Because abortion is prohibited, these abortions are illegal abortions, which are more dangerous than legal abortions. There are also higher risks and complications, including the death of the mother, as a result of these illegal abortions.

However, abortion is legal in 58 of 193 member states of the United Nations. Just seven of the UN's member states – Malta, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Chile, Nicaragua, and South Sudan – have made abortion illegal.

One of the most accurate ways to find abortion rates is through the World Abortion Policies reports created by the United Nations. These reports measure the number of abortions performed on women between the ages of 15 to 44. This rate measures the number of abortions per 1,000 women in the country.

One of the nations with the highest rates of abortion is Russia. According to UN reports, Russia's abortion rate is 53.7 per 1,000 women. Vietnam has the second-highest rate at 35.2, followed by Kazakhstan with 35. On the opposite end, Mexico has the lowest abortion rate of 0.1, followed by Portugal with 0.2. Abortion is legal in all of these nations.

The United States has an abortion rate of 20.8 abortions per 1,000 women. A women's right to abortion was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade. The decision states that the government cannot regulate a women's choice to have an abortion before the fetus's viability. However, abortion laws vary by state, including some that attempt to restrict abortions before viability. Because of different regulations on abortion and other factors, abortion rates also vary significantly between states.

Below is a table of abortion rates by country, according to the United Nations.

Here are the 10 countries with the lowest rates of abortion:

  1. Mexico (0.1 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  2. Portugal (0.2 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  3. Qatar (1.2 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  4. Austria (1.3 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  5. India (3.1 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  6. South Africa (4.5 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  7. Greece (5 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  8. Croatia (5.7 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  9. Switzerland (7.3 per 1,000 women 15-44)
  10. Belgium (7.5 per 1,000 women 15-44)

Abortion Rates by Country 2020

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Abortion Rates by Country 2020

* Abortion rates are per 1,000 women
Country Abortion Rate Population 2020
Russia53.7145,934,462
Vietnam35.297,338,579
Kazakhstan3518,776,707
Estonia33.31,326,535
Belarus31.79,449,323
Romania27.819,237,691
Ukraine27.543,733,762
Latvia27.31,886,198
Cuba24.811,326,616
China24.21,439,323,776
Hungary23.49,660,351
Mongolia21.73,278,290
Seychelles21.698,347
Bulgaria21.36,948,445
United States20.8331,002,651
Sweden20.210,099,265
Australia19.725,499,884
New Zealand19.74,822,233
Georgia19.13,989,167
Macedonia18.42,083,374
Moldova17.64,033,963
United Kingdom1767,886,011
France16.965,273,511
Dominican Republic1610,847,910
Kyrgyzstan15.86,524,195
Canada15.237,742,154
Norway15.25,421,241
Slovenia15.22,078,938
Denmark14.35,792,202
Iceland14.1341,243
Israel13.98,655,535
Armenia13.92,963,243
Lithuania13.92,722,289
Tajikistan12.69,537,645
Singapore12.65,850,342
Japan12.3126,476,461
Czech Republic12.210,708,981
Slovakia11.75,459,642
Finland11.15,540,720
Bahrain111,701,575
Italy10.660,461,826
Netherlands10.417,134,872
Albania9.62,877,797
Azerbaijan910,139,177
Tunisia8.611,818,619
Spain8.346,754,778
Germany7.883,783,942
Uzbekistan7.833,469,203
Belgium7.511,589,623
Switzerland7.38,654,622
Croatia5.74,105,267
Greece510,423,054
South Africa4.559,308,690
India3.11,380,004,385
Austria1.39,006,398
Qatar1.22,881,053
Portugal0.210,196,709
Mexico0.1128,932,753