AZERBAIJAN: Every woman will have an average of 3 abortions in her lifetime


AZERBAIJAN (West Asia)                            

Population: 9.49 million

About 60% of the population are under 34 years old.

Fertility Rate:  4.6 children/woman (1970s) vs. 2.2 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy:  65 years (1970s) vs. 71 years (2010)

Infant mortality:  28.76 deaths / 1000 live births

Male/Female Ratio:  0.98 male / female

Major Religion:  Islam

– Since 1955, abortion in Azerbaijan has been legal for the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.  The country has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, with 300 abortions per 1,000 live births among women aged 25-29. 

– A woman in Azerbaijan will have an average of close to 3 abortions in her lifetime.  Abortion is commonly used as birth control.   Some have even claimed that abortion is the most common method of contraception in the country.

– Nearly 2 out of 5 children age 6-59 months have anemia and 37% of women in Azerbaijan are anemic.

–  Since 2000, a program for reproductive health has been in operation.  Fourteen percent of married women use modern methods, such as IUDs, and 37% rely on traditional methods, such as withdrawal. 

– As a result of the military aggression conducted by the armed forces of Armenia against our Azerbaijan, 20% of Azerbaijani land – Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions adjacent to it – was occupied, and in connection with this occupation, Azerbaijan is the country that has the largest number of refugees and forced migrants as a percentage of the population.  Internally displaced persons account for 10% of Azerbaijan’s population.  There are more than one million refugees and forced migrants, of whom 420,000 are women.



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