Induced abortions in Pakistan: An afflicting challenge needing addressal

Marina Baig, Sadia Abbas Ali, Kiran Mubeen, Arusa Lakhani

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Unintended pregnancies due to low prevalence of contraceptive use in Pakistan leads to a huge burden of induced abortions.These abortions are a major cause of concern, as a majority of these abortions are performed in an unhygienic environment by untrained providers, leading to maternal morbidities and mortalities. Some of the contributing factors of unsafe abortions are lack of availability of quality services, financial barriers, stigma associated with abortion and lack of awareness about abortion law.Therefore, there is an urgent need to invest on family planning and post-abortion care services through health system strengthening approach.The proposed comprehensive strategy for actions at the individual, facility, community and policy levels can address the issue of unsafe abortion in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021


  • Abortion
  • Contraceptive
  • Family planning
  • Reproductive health
  • Women's health


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