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The population page attempts to provide a general survey among the 12 countries compared by assessing fertility rates, population growth rates, and rates of natural increase.
|Population growth rate||Rate of natural increase||Fertility rate||Net migration Rate||Abortions per 100 live births||Divorce Rate|
For most recent year, 2011-12.
UN Development Programme, Human Development Report 2009, for 2005-2010. Table L, p. 202
Number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with current age-specific fertility rates, for 2011.
Difference between the number of persons entering and leaving a country during the year per 1,000 persons (based on midyear population), for 2012.
For 2003, p.108.
Divorce rate per 1,000 people for 2000 or 2008.
New York Times, 10/12/2007. Reports based on World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute research
-abortion rates are similar whether abortion is legal or not.
-abortion is safe where it is legal and health care is available, and dangerous where it is not.
-globally, 31 abortions are per 100 live births, and cause 13 percent of maternal deaths during pregnancy and birth.
-Availability of contraception lowers abortion rates.
-Eastern Europe: more contraception available since fall of Communism, abortion rates fell 50 percent.
-Western Europe has lowest abortion rate (12 per 1,000), legal abortion, good health care, and available contraception