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Table 1 Restrictiveness of abortion laws and reproductive health indicators

From: The access paradox: abortion law, policy and practice in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia

Country Zambia Ethiopia Tanzania
Restrictiveness of the abortion law* Abortion allowed to preserve physical or mental health and socio-economic reasons Abortion allowed to secure maternal health and on grounds related to age and capacity to take care of a child Abortion severely restricted and only legal to save the life of the mother
Maternal mortality ratio 224 353 398
Fertility rate** 4.9 4.1 5.0
Contraceptive prevalence girls 15–19*** 28.1 8.9 14.9
Contraceptive prevalence 15–49*** 40.8 28.3 34.4
Unmet need for family planning*** 26.6 26.3 25.3
  1. * Guttmacher Institute 2017. Abortion in Africa. Incidence and trends
  3. **The World Bank 2017
  4. ***WHO 2019 Global health observatory country views
  5. Last updated 2019-02-08
  6. Last updated 2019-04-25
  7. last updated 2019-04-25
  8. ***Comparable and reliable data on abortion incidence not available