How Abortion Access Has Changed Around the World

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With Roe v. Wade overturned, the U.S. is one of a small number of countries where abortion laws are being tightened

Over the past 25 years, access to abortion has risen globally. Around 50 countries have expanded the legal grounds under which women can seek the procedure, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which advocates for abortion rights.

The center categorizes abortion laws into five levels of stringency, ranging from outright prohibition to abortion-on-request. In between are countries that allow abortions when the life or health of the woman is at risk. Other countries go beyond health, taking broad social and economic factors into account when considering the impact of pregnancy and childbearing. These factors can include being unable to take care of a child because of work, housing or financial strains.