Unsafe abortion occurs when a pregnancy terminated by persons lacking necessary skills: WHO

UNI Aug 10, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines unsafe abortion occurs when a pregnancy is terminated either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both.


This definition embodies concepts first outlined in a 1992 WHO Technical Consultation. Although widely used, it is inconsistently  interpreted. In this editorial we discuss its correct interpretation and operationalization. WHO’s...

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