January 9, 2020

Inequities in the Incidence and Safety of Abortion in Nigeria

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We know little about the frequency, correlates and conditions under which women induce abortions in Nigeria. This study estimates the 1-year induced abortion incidence and proportion of abortions that are unsafe overall and by women’s background characteristics using direct and indirect methodologies.

These findings illustrate that abortion is very common in Nigeria and that unsafe abortion is an issue of health inequity, with the most disadvantaged women most likely to experience an unsafe abortion.