The world’s abortion policies, explained in 7 charts and maps
The Supreme Court struck down Texas abortion restrictions on Monday in a decision that means similar rules in other states will likely be unconstitutional. Our colleague Robert Barnes wrote that the 5-3 ruling is “a resounding win for abortion rights advocates in the court’s most important consideration of the controversial issue in 25 years.”
In 2013, the United Nations published an extensive report on abortion policies all over the world. Although some details may have changed since then, the data provides striking insights that are worth considering amid the continuing U.S. debate.
At least 71 countries allowed abortion “to preserve a woman’s physical or mental health” in 2013. Moreover, 50 countries permitted abortion “to save a woman’s life.”