Unsafe Abortion Nepal Country Profile

Nepal has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in SAARC countries and unsafe abortions contributed significantly to the high maternal mortality figures of the country. Until recent years, abortion was strictly illegal in Nepal and imprisoned women who had an abortion. Criminalization of abortion was one of the main reasons compelling women to seek clandestine abortions and tolerate bodily pains and injuries. The purpose of the present Nepal Country Profile is to document the information on the current situation of abortion and unsafe abortions in the country and to identify barriers to access services for prevention and management of unsafe abortions.