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Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national and international (Eurostat, UN Statistics Division Demographic Yearbook, WHO European health for all database and UNICEF TransMONEE) official sources.
Definition: Legal abortions refer to legally induced early foetal deaths and do not cover spontaneous abortions (i.e. miscarriages).
The abortion rate is defined as the number of abortions per 1000 live births during a given year.
General note: Data come from registers, unless otherwise specified.
Data refer to abortions carried out in hospitals.
Data include illegal abortions.
2002-2005 : data do not cover abortions performed on non-Canadian residents.
Data do not cover overseas territories.
From 1995 : data do not cover Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Tshinvali).
Data include East Jerusalem and Israeli residents in certain other territories under occupation by Israeli military forces since June 1967.
Data refer to applications for abortions and not to actual abortions performed.
Incomplete data for the mentioned years and Regions: 1990 (Piemonte), 1995 (Piemonte), 2002 (Campania), 2003 (Campania), 2004 (Sicilia), 2005 (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Molise, Campania, Sicilia), 2006 (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Campania, Sicilia), 2007 (Campania).
Data include spontaneous abortions (i.e. miscarriages).
Data refer to abortions performed on women living in the Netherlands.
Data do not cover Kosovo and Metohia.
1980-2003: data partially estimated. Data refer to all abortions carried out in Switzerland, regardless of the country of residence of the women.
Data include menstrual cycle regulation procedures (also known as mini-abortions) carried out within the first 5 to 6 weeks of a possible pregnancy.
Data include residents and non-residents.
Data do not cover Northern Ireland.