Pundits and bloggers thought that by dismissing an exception to abortion bans for women’s health, McCain was alienating the very voters he had spent months courting.
What leads the women of Africa to their graves during pregnancy and childbirth? Nutrition, education, high fertility, female genital mutilation, improper care at delivery and inadequate health facilities all play a part.
To combat maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia far higher than Millennium Development Goal targets, governments must ensure women’s right to safe abortion.
Reducing maternal deaths from unsafe abortion is one of the most straight-forward public health problems to remedy. But this can never be fully realized unless governments start including abortion in realistic approaches to protecting women’s health.