Attitudes towards the ever contentious pro-choice/pro-birth debate have shifted varyingly over the last 25 years across the globe. In 2021, here’s where different regions currently stand on the legality.
A week after Argentina secured a huge milestone for pro-choice campaigners by becoming the largest Latin American country – and only the third one in the region – to legalise abortion, consumer data mogul Statista has released a definitive record which displays the legal status of the issue throughout every nation, and in real time.
Derived from analytics courtesy of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, the original map has become a key resource for advocates, government officials, and civil society organisations working to advance reproductive rights across the globe.
Categorised from complete prohibition (dark red), to legal on ‘broad social or economic grounds’ (green), this map provides a single place to understand the full scope of the pro-choice/pro-birth debate and shows which umbrella different countries fall under in early 2021.
What the last 25 years has shown us is that monumental gains have been made in securing women’s rights to abortion, with nearly 50 countries making complete U-turns to liberalise anti-abortion reform.