Volume 118, Issue S2 p. S92-S98
Consequences of unsafe abortion on morbidity and mortality

Health consequences of unsafe abortion in Colombia, 1989–2008

Elena Prada

Corresponding Author

Elena Prada

Consultant to Guttmacher Institute, Bogotá, Colombia

* Corresponding author: Elena Prada, Carrera 9, #97–06, Bogotá, Colombia. Tel: +57 1 691 7993Search for more papers by this author
Susheela Singh

Susheela Singh

Guttmacher Institute, New York, NY, USA

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Cristina Villarreal

Cristina Villarreal

Fundación Oriéntame, Bogotá, Colombia

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First published: 22 August 2012
Citations: 14

Abstract

The number of Colombian women hospitalized for the treatment of induced abortion complications increased from 57 679 in 1989 to 93 336 in 2008; the hospitalization rate also rose: from 7.2 to 9.1 cases per 1000 women aged 15–44 years. Factors that likely underlie the increase include improved access to postabortion care (although 1 in 5 women still do not obtain the care they need) and the growing role of misoprostol, often used incorrectly and to some extent replacing the use of surgical abortion by doctors. Efforts are evidently needed to improve access to safe abortion and effective contraception.