June 5, 2019 / 12:41 AM / 9 months ago

10 facts on growing legal access to abortion worldwide

VANCOUVER (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 50 countries have liberalized their abortion laws in the last quarter century, a map released by the Center for Reproductive Rights showed on Tuesday, despite a flurry of restrictions passed by U.S. states.

Reproductive rights experts say outlawing abortion forces women to resort to unsafe terminations, which cause almost 23,000 deaths every year. But abortion opponents say the fetus’s right to life transcends all other rights.

Here are 10 facts on the topic:

(Sources: Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Center for Reproductive Rights)

Reporting by Emma Batha @emmabatha; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org

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