October 5, 2015

Worldwide Abortion Policies

» Worldwide Abortion Policies

Circumstances under which a woman can legally obtain an abortion:

189 of 196 countries permit abortion to save a woman's life. 6 countries do not permit this exception.

Notes: Data and designations from the United Nations Population Division as of 2013. Countries included are the 193 U.N. member states and three nonmember states: Cook Islands, Holy See and Niue. Data pertain to pre-secession Sudan. Data for South Sudan, a U.N. member state, are not available; South Sudan is shown as "data unavailable." Territories and overseas departments are shown as "no data" regardless of governing country's abortion laws. Many countries that allow abortions on request do not allow women to terminate their pregnancies after a certain point (e.g., 20 weeks).