Abortion Rates by Country 2021

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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 2021

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Abortion Rates by Country 2021

* Abortion rates are per 1,000 women
Country Abortion Rate Population 2021
Russia53.7145,912,025
Vietnam35.298,168,833
Kazakhstan3518,994,962
Estonia33.31,325,185
Belarus31.79,442,862
Romania27.819,127,774
Ukraine27.543,466,819
Latvia27.31,866,942
Cuba24.811,317,505
China24.21,444,216,107
Hungary23.49,634,164
Mongolia21.73,329,289
Seychelles21.698,908
Bulgaria21.36,896,663
United States20.8332,915,073
Sweden20.210,160,169
Australia19.725,788,215
New Zealand19.74,860,643
Georgia19.13,979,765
Macedonia18.42,082,658
Moldova17.64,024,019
United Kingdom1768,207,116
France16.965,426,179
Dominican Republic1610,953,703
Kyrgyzstan15.86,628,356
Canada15.238,067,903
Norway15.25,465,630
Slovenia15.22,078,724
Denmark14.35,813,298
Iceland14.1343,353
Israel13.98,789,774
Armenia13.92,968,127
Lithuania13.92,689,862
Tajikistan12.69,749,627
Singapore12.65,896,686
Japan12.3126,050,804
Czech Republic12.210,724,555
Slovakia11.75,460,721
Finland11.15,548,360
Bahrain111,748,296
Italy10.660,367,477
Netherlands10.417,173,099
Albania9.62,872,933
Azerbaijan910,223,342
Tunisia8.611,935,766
Spain8.346,745,216
Germany7.883,900,473
Uzbekistan7.833,935,763
Belgium7.511,632,326
Switzerland7.38,715,494
Croatia5.74,081,651
Greece510,370,744
South Africa4.560,041,994
India3.11,393,409,038
Austria1.39,043,070
Qatar1.22,930,528
Portugal0.210,167,925
Mexico0.1130,262,216

Abortion Rates by Country 2021