How do American abortion laws compare to other countries around the world?

Francis Lanzano Contributor
How do American abortion laws compare to other countries around the world?
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As we noted last week Alabama enacted the nation’s strictest abortion law, making performing abortions a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions. Since then more than 400 rallies have been held coast-to-coast in opposition to new restrictions on abortion.

Why it matters: the topic is dividing the county. On the left, the protests brought out some faces of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. On the right, some lawmakers hope two new conservative justices nominated by President Trump will provide the votes for the Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Big picture: So how does the US compare to other places around the world? Well, here’s a look at how other countries regulate abortion at the national level, as well as a region-by-region snapshot of how prevalent the practice is today, compared to 30 years ago, compliments of GZERO Media from the Eurasia Group.

Abortion Choices Around the World

Map Source: GZERO Media from the Eurasia Group