The authors analyze experimental data on abortion and contraception in two areas typical of rural Bangladesh that are very similar in nearly all respects, but one has more available and higher-quality family planning services. They find that the rate of unintended pregnancy, and therefore the rate of abortion, was significantly lower in the area with better family planning services. They conclude that more accessible and better quality family planning services can help prevent abortion rates from rising when they otherwise might.
Originally published in: The Lancet, v. 358, no. 9287, 2001, pp. 1051-1056.
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