Brazil: number of abortions 2016, by marital status

This statistic shows the results of a survey on abortion in Brazil as of June 2016. During the survey, 163 respondents said they were married or in a stable relationship when they had their most recent abortion, while 25 women said they were divorced or widowed at that time.

Abortions in Brazil as of June 2016, by current marital status

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Release date

September 2016



Survey time period

June 2 to 9, 2016

Number of respondents

251 Respondents (out of a total of 2,002 surveyed)

Age group

18-39 years

Special properties

Including both criminalized and decriminalized abortions; Only among literate women

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

The research paper was written by Dr. Debora Diniz, Dr. Marcelo Medeiros and Dr. Alberto Madeiro.
The survey was conducted only in urban areas and among literate women, since one of the data collection methods involved filling up a personal, anonymous questionnaire.
The figures represent the marital status at the time the respondent had her most recent abortion.
In Brazil, abortion is decriminalized in three cases: if the pregnancy is a result of rape, if performing an abortion is the only way to save the woman's life, or if the fetus suffers from anencephaly.

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