Abortion Rates for 101 Countries

The United States ranks #30 on this list of 101 countries, with 22.6% of all pregnancies in 2005 ending in abortion.
A quick look at this list shows that Marxist or formerly Marxist countries have the highest rates of abortion. As an example, Russia ranks #2, with 44.7% of all pregnancies ending in abortion; Cuba ranks #5, with 37% of all pregnancies being aborted; and China ranks #10, with 31.1% of all pregnancies being aborted.
If any reader can shed light on why Greenland — a “socialist democracy” — is ranked #1, with a shocking 51.1% of all pregnancies being aborted, I’d appreciate your leaving a comment.
H/t Spiritdaily.com.
~Eowyn

Percentage of Pregnancies Aborted by Country
(countries listed by percentage)

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 25 April 2010
Percent of known pregnancies ending in legal abortions, most recent data (in order of decreasing percentage)

country year % notes
1. Greenland 2007 51.1
2. Russia 2008 44.7
3. Guadeloupe 2007 39.8
4. Nagorno-Karabakh 2007 38.1
5. Cuba 2007 37.0
6. Romania 2008 36.6
7. Estonia 2008 34.4
8. Bulgaria 2008 32.0
9. Martinique 2007 31.6
10. China (PRC) 2007 31.1
11. Hungary 2008 30.8
12. Latvia 2008 30.4
13. Moldova 2008 29.0
14. Cocos Islands 1978 28.6
15. Belarus 2008 28.2
16. Georgia 2008 28.1
17. Belize 1996 28.0
18. Kazakhstan 2008 26.8
19. Sweden 2008 25.8
20. Korea, South (ROK) 1999 25.6
21. New Caledonia 1998 25.2
22. French Guiana 2007 25.0
23. Slovakia 2008 24.3
24. Reunion 2007 23.5
25. Singapore 2008 23.4
26. Armenia 2008 23.2
27. Serbia 2008 23.2
28. Seychelles 2006 23.2
29. Vietnam 2007 23.2
30. United States 2005 22.6
31. Ukraine 2008 21.9
32. New Zealand 2008 21.6
33. France 2007 21.4
34. Norway 2008 20.9
35. United Kingdom 2008 20.9
36. Canada 2006 20.7
37. Lithuania 2008 20.5
38. Macedonia 2008 20.5
39. Australia 2007 20.2
40. Hong Kong 2005 19.9
41. Jersey 2004 19.9 *
42. Japan 2007 19.1
43. Denmark 2006 18.8
44. Albania 2008 18.7
45. Slovenia 2008 18.5
46. Dominican Republic 2005 18.2
47. Spain 2008 18.2
48. Montenegro 2007 17.7
49. Italy 2008 17.4
50. Turkey 2008 17.0
51. Croatia 2008 16.9
52. Iceland 2008 16.5
53. Mayotte 2006 16.0
54. Czech Republic 2008 15.8
55. Guernsey 2000 15.0 *
56. Finland 2008 14.9
57. Mongolia 2008 14.5
58. Germany 2008 14.4
59. Azerbaijan 2008 14.2
60. Kyrgyzstan 2008 14.0
61. Belgium 2007 13.5 *
62. Netherlands 2007 13.5
63. Greece 2005 13.3
64. Guyana 2007 13.3
65. Andorra 1995 13.0
66. Taiwan (ROC) 1999 13.0
67. Isle of Man 2007 12.8 *
68. Switzerland 2008 12.4
69. Portugal 2008 11.9
70. Bahrain 2002 11.4
71. Anguilla 2005 11.2
72. Israel 2008 11.1
73. Barbados 1995 10.3
74. Puerto Rico 2006 10.2
75. Tunisia 2008 10.1
76. Costa Rica 2005 10.0
77. Bermuda 1984 9.9
78. Turkmenistan 2008 9.9
79. Turks and Caicos Islands 2005 9.1
80. Tajikistan 2007 8.7
81. South Africa 2007 7.7
82. Saint Helena 1990 7.1
83. Ireland 2008 5.8 *
84. Uzbekistan 2008 5.8
85. Faeroe Islands 2008 5.3
86. Kosovo 2006 4.6
87. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001 3.2
88. Austria 2000 3.0
89. Suriname 1994 3.0
90. India 2004 2.6
91. Gibraltar 2008 1.7 *
92. Qatar 2005 1.3
93. Malta 2008 0.9 *
94. Venezuela 1968 0.8
95. United Arab Emirates 2006 0.10 *
96. Mexico 2007 0.09 *
97. Poland 2007 0.09 *
98. Botswana 1984 0.04
99. Chile 1991 0.02
100. Luxembourg 1997 0.02 *
101. Panama 2000 0.02

Notes: Data is for residents only. (*) indicates values which include abortions abroad. See respective country pages for sources.

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IvaluTheWord
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IvaluTheWord

I’m sorry, I cannot help with ‘factual’ reasons… only speculation. Perhaps there are limited rescources? The land of G has vast areas of barreness and the climate is harsh. So typical farming is very limited.??? Then one would argue the cold/harsh climate in Northern Canada and the lack of farming…IDK, I can only grasp at straws… as I am biased in this area. For me there IS No human reasoning to substantiate such numbers. What I DO know, is mathmatically, these stats w/regard to abortion are heart wrenching and I am staggered by the amount of the loss of humanity… Read more »

Siegfried
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Siegfried

Excelent question, Eowyn!!! Ive found this article that tries to shed a light on the subject: https://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/abortions_nearly_out-number_births_in_greenland/

DCG
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Just so sad…

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

Abortion is illegal in ireland but we have a maria Stopes referral Clinic and me and friends roster our time and go to pray the rosary outside it. We are going to an Anti- Abortion Rally on Friday morning against students (?) for abortion in Maynooth which was once the catholic churches biggest seminary. Abortion may be illegal but you can’t stop someone going to murder their unborn child. Every abortion is a sacrifice to satan, just like the Holocaust of the Thrid Reich.

Leo
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Leo

Tragic.
Reducing the number of abortions is about supply and demand. Why do so many women feel that abortion is the ‘sensible choice’?
In the US it is more expensive to give birth than have an abortion, unlike countries with socialized health care. With the odd exception of Greenland and Sweden the US has a higher abortion rate than Western European countries with socialized healthcare systems. I exclude the former Soviet bloc because abortion was and still is used as instead of contraception.

Jimenéz
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Jimenéz

The systems of government is identical in Greenland and Denmark, and the abortion rate is vastly different – in other words, it has nothing to do with this alleged “socialist democracy” you mention. It’s not even something which is relevant to the overall issue of pro/con abortion either. To understand why it’s so high probably requires substantial historical context and knowledge about the Greenlandic culture. Many of the countries on the list don’t have free abortions, and therefore the statistics are not directly comparable. The various laws in Europe, for example: https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6235557.stm Just because it’s legal in some country doesn’t… Read more »

d w brown
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d w brown

MOTHERLAND
OH HELP ME PLEASE,I AM A LITTLE BABY
STILL IN THE WOMB BUT ONE DAY HOPE TO SEE
THE SUNLIGHT PLAYING ON THE HILLS AND VALLEYS
THIS LOVELY LAND YOU SING OF CONSTANTLY.
BUT IM AFRAID THAT WHILE YOU STILL DON,T KNOW ME
YOU,LL LET ME DIE THOUGH I HAVE DONE NO WRONG
PLEASE LET ME LIVE I TOO WOULD SEE THE MOTHERLAND
AND LIVE MY LIFE WITH YOU IN HAPPINESS AND SONG.
SUNG TO TUNE DANNY BOY.

Brennon Rokovetsky
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The answer is sexual assualt.. Most Greenlanders are aboriginal and suffer from the same afflictions as aboriginals in Canada, Australia and elsewhere.. Along with addiction comes promiscuity and because of the history of the church raping children, a cycle has repeated itself and now almost 100% of all aboriginal children are incest raped at some point in their childhood.. This causes alcoholism and promiscuity when they get older.. Trust me.. These babies that get aborted are the lucky ones

De
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De

It’s 2015 – is there new data to compare with these stats from 2010?

Mathwiz
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Mathwiz

Hello- Just a gentle nudge you to recheck your statistics- your numbers were off by a decimal point due to most organizations releasing data for number of abortions per 1000 women ages 15-44 and not per 100 women. This takes, for example, Russia’s 44% to an actual 4.4%… Please refer to these UN statistics, their numbers are very similar to yours, but I think you just made a simple math error (or whomever you got your data from made the error). Although the data is more recent than 2005, there haven’t been enough world changes to merit a drop from… Read more »

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Jack K1
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Jack K1

Greenland: inbreeding.

Rick L
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Rick L

This is abortions per births. What if the country in question has a lower birth rate? They could appear to have more abortions when they don’t.