The new survey puts to question the effectiveness of the ban on abortions in countries like Nigeria.
Of the 25 countries with highest search interest in Misoprostol, 11 are in Africa and 14 are in Latin America.
The BBC survey further revealed that countries with the strictest laws, where abortion is allowed only to save a woman’s life or banned altogether, have over 10 times higher search interest in abortion pill ‘Misoprostol’ compared to countries with no restrictions.
By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion.
While abortion is legal in Ghana only in cases of rape, incest, foetal impairment or to preserve a woman’s mental health, Nigeria’s abortion laws are stricter. Abortion is allowed in Nigeria only in situations where a woman’s life is in danger.