Legal Abortions

  • Michael Alderson


This chapter deals with routine statistics on legal abortions. Brief reference is made to illegal abortions, but there is a marked paucity of statistics on this topic. Spontaneous miscarriage (which is another form of abortion) is just one of many items that may be covered by hospital discharge statistics (which are dealt with in Chapter 6). An alternative source of data on spontaneous abortion, especially attempting to include a measure of those non-hospitalised events, requires some form of survey, such as that carried out in Denmark (Rachootin and Olsen, 1982). This general issue of using material from a variety of sources is further discussed in Chapter 11.


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3.4 Bibliography 3.4.1 Laws on Abortion

  1. Tietze (1983) has reviewed the laws and policies across the world.Google Scholar

3.4.2 National Statistics

  1. National publications of routine data on abortion are frequently a component of the demographic or fertility publications of the appropriate Central Statistical Offices. The following list indicates some of the main series that are available.Google Scholar
  2. Canada Hospital Morbidity (Statistics Canada)Google Scholar
  3. Czechoslovakia CSSR Zdravotnictovi (Institute for Health Statistics)Google Scholar
  4. Denmark Befolkningens Bevaegelser (Danmarks Statistik) Statistik om Praevention og Aborter (Sundhedsstyrelsen)Google Scholar
  5. Finland Halsovard (Medicinalstyrelsen)Google Scholar
  6. Germany (FDR) Schwangerschaftsabbruche (Statistiches Bundesamt)Google Scholar
  7. Hungary Demographic Yearbook (Kozponti Statisztika Hivatel)Google Scholar
  8. Iceland Fostweydingar (Skrifstofa landlaeknis) Heilbrigdisskyrslur (Skrifstofa landlaeknis)Google Scholar
  9. Italy Annuario di Statistiche Sanitaria (Instituto Centrale di Statistica)Google Scholar
  10. Japan Statistical Report on Eugenic Protection (Ministry of Health and Welfare)Google Scholar
  11. New Zealand Trends in Health and Health Services (National Health Statistics Centre, biannual)Google Scholar
  12. Norway Helsestatistikk (Statistisk Sentralbyra)Google Scholar
  13. Scotland Scottish Health Statistics (Information Services Division, Common Services Agency)Google Scholar
  14. Sweden Statistiska Meddelanden, serie HS, Aborter (Statistiska Centralbyra) Allman Halsooch Sjukvard (Socialistyreisen)Google Scholar
  15. The following references complement the list of routine publications, providing reviews of specific aspects of national abortion statistics.Google Scholar
  16. 58 countries for 1953–77: Tietze (1983)Google Scholar
  17. Hungary 1960–73: Bognar and Czeizel (1976) 1971–80: Czeizel et al (1984)Google Scholar
  18. Italy Regional variation: Filicori and Flamigni (1980)Google Scholar
  19. Netherlands 1970–80: Ketting and Schnabel (1980)Google Scholar
  20. Singapore1968–76: Lim et al (1979)Google Scholar
  21. United States 1940–76: Cates et al (1978) 1972–5: Cates and Tietze (1978) 1970–7: Bracken et al. (1982) 1978–9: Henshaw et al (1981) 1971 onwards: Centre for Disease Control—annual statistics on abortion surveillanceGoogle Scholar
  22. USSR 1962–7: Ryan (1987)Google Scholar

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© Michael Alderson 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alderson
    • 1
  1. 1.SouthamptonUK

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