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(Book) Estimating the Level of Abortion In the Philippines and Bangladesh

International Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 23, Number 3, September 1997

By Susheela Singh, Josefina V. Cabigon, Altaf Hossain, Haidary Kamal and Aurora E. Perez

In countries where data on induced abortion are underreported or nonexistent—such as the Philippines and Bangladesh—indirect estimation techniques may be used to approximate the level of abortion. The collection of data about women hospitalized for abortion complications and the use of such indirect estimation techniques indicates that the abortion rate in the Philippines is within the range of 20-30 induced abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-49, and the rate in Bangladesh ranges between 26 and 30 per 1,000. About 400,000 abortions are estimated to occur each year in the Philippines, while the number in Bangladesh is calculated to be about 730,000. Some 80,000 women per year are estimated to be treated in hospitals in the Philippines for complications of induced abortion; in Bangladesh, about 52,000 women are treated for such complications, and another 19,000 are treated for complications resulting from menstrual regulation procedures. The probability that a woman will be hospitalized for abortion complications in the Philippines is twice that in Bangladesh, probably because menstrual regulation procedures by trained providers account for about two-thirds of all voluntary pregnancy terminations in Bangladesh.

(International Family Planning Perspectives,23:100-107 & 144, 1997)

Regardless of the legal status, accessibility or safety of induced abortion, information about it is essential if health planners are to ensure that women’s reproductive health is protected. However, reliable information on abortion is extremely difficult to obtain in many parts of the developing world.1 Although the problem is most severe where the procedure is highly restricted by law, there are a number of reasons why the procedure is often underreported, even in countries where abortion is legally permitted under broad conditions. Providers may not report all of the procedures they perform, an official system for recording abortions may not exist or may be incomplete, and women may not always acknowledge an abortion.
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