One year after legalisation, 6,676 abortions in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - Tiny Uruguay, one of the few Latin American countries to have legalised abortion, saw 6,676 procedures in its first year allowing the practice, authorities said Monday.
The number amounts to nine out of every 1,000 women age 15 to 44 having had the free procedure, Deputy Public Health Minister Leonel Briozzo said.
The statistic includes abortions that occurred from December 2012 to November 2013 in the largely rural but well-educated country of 3.3 million people.
That rate compares to 15.2 abortions per 1,000 women in Canada in 2003; 24.2 in China in 1998; and 24.8 in Cuba in 2004, according to UN data.