One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest.
The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought.
Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years.
Experts are calling for new approaches to contraceptive services.
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