Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World

This report presents information on changes in legal grounds for abortion and related reproductive health policies since around the time of the ICPD for 197 countries in the world, including all 193 Member States of the United Nations, 2 Observer States (the Holy See and the State of Palestine) and 2 non-member States (Cook Islands and Niue) of the United Nations. It is based primarily on information available from the World Population Policies Database that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information available on the population policy situation and trends for all Member States and non-member States of the United Nations. The report also draws information from the World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision of the United Nations Population Division and the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Survey conducted by the United Nations Population Fund in 2012, as well as selected data from other sources.