MCDB 150 - Lecture 21 - Global Demography of Abortion

Lecture 21 - Global Demography of Abortion

Overview

Abortion is very common both worldwide and in the US. There is one abortion for every 3.2 live births. In places where contraception is not used, abortion is used as birth control. Neither legal nor religious proscriptions have a strong effect on abortion rates. In countries where abortion is illegal, maternal death rates are extraordinarily high. Legal, medically done abortions are safer than getting pregnant. Psychological responses depend on the individual and the culture.

Resources

Assignment

Campbell, Biology, pp. 228-231

Belanger, "The Persistence of Induced Abortion in Cuba."

Carlson, Mendel's Legacy, pp. 32-35

Gladwell, "Dr. Rock's Error."

AP, "Agency Approves a Birth-Control Pill Halting Periods Indefinitely."

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