Unsafe abortion is a growing health problem in Uganda. As abortion is illegal and contraception not readily available, women increasingly undergo abortion in illegal and unsafe settings in order to avert unplanned or unwanted motherhood. These abortions often result in serious complications and the mortality related to these clandestine procedures remains high. This article describes the vastness of the problem of unsafe abortion in Uganda and its related morbidity and mortality. Furthermore it reveals the reasons why unsafe abortion is such a huge problem in this part of the world, while suggesting possible solutions to reduce maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion.