This examination of the implementation and impact of legal reforms in Cambodia and Nepal, along with four other countries, finds that expanding access to legal abortion does not in itself guarantee a decrease in unsafe
procedures. ‘Making Abortion Services Accessible in the Wake of Legal Reform’ was published by Guttmacher, in May 2012, and finds that to increase safe abortion services following legal reform requires sustained commitment and dedicated human and financial resources. Evidence shows that restrictive abortion laws contribute substantially to maternal illness and death from unsafe abortion, and, in the last two decades, 26 countries have expanded the conditions under which abortion is legal. Read the full report here.