The Future of Second-Trimester Abortion Throughout the World

  • Malcolm Potts


Questions regarding the future of abortion practices in the world can be divided into two categories:
  • Assertions based on abortion patterns in general, which can be made with some degree of confidence

  • More speculative propositions relating to factors that often are difficult to predict, such as changes in technology, patterns of social relationships, or political emphasis

There are strong reasons to conclude that the total number of induced abortions will increase in the remaining years of the twentieth century as the number of women at risk for pregnancy and the pressures to restrict fertility increase. The number of fertile, sexually active women will continue to rise, particularly in continents such as Asia and Latin America where half or more of the population presently is still below the age of marriage and can be expected to enter the years of maximum fertility just before the end of the twentieth century. On the basis of current projections, the number of women aged 15 to 44 in the United States will increase from 51 million in 1980 to 52.5 million in the year 2000, or only 2.9%. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, the corresponding increase will be from 20 to 34.5 million, an increase of 74% (Table 26-1). Since the majority of the women included in these projections are presently alive, the total number in either case cannot be altered extensively by any foreseeable changes in birthrates.


Maximum Fertility Abortion Rate Fertility Control Fetal Abnormality Legal Abortion 
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© Gary S. Berger, William E. Brenner and Loius G. Keith 1981

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