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To Save Women’s Lives in Africa, Bring Abortion Out of the Shadows

Approximately 26,000 African women die as a result of unsafe abortion every year. Another 1.7 million are hospitalised, and many others also suffer serious health complications, but never seek treatment.  We can save these women.

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Islam and Abortion: A Woman’s Life is the Greatest Priority

Religious scholars discussing Islam and abortion note that religion gets confused with culture, but education, exposure and understanding of one’s religion is liberating.

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Unsafe Abortion: The Costs to National Health Systems

How much does unsafe abortion cost national health systems? This is exactly the question that a group of medical experts and health researchers set out to answer in 2007, using the example of the east African country Ethiopia.

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Saving Women’s Lives: The Potential of Medical Abortion in Africa

Access to medical abortion could save tens of thousands of women in Africa each year, by providing a safe alternative to unsafe abortion and a treatment for incomplete abortion or miscarriage.

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Ireland: Importing and Exporting Abortion

A rise in the number of illegal abortion pills imported into Ireland indicates increasing reliance on DIY abortions by women desperate to terminate a pregnancy but lacking access to services at home and money to travel abroad.

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(VIDEO) The Forsaken Women of the Philippines: The Hardship, Humiliation, and Hypocrisy of Unsafe Abortion

Although perhaps not completely shocking to those of us in the reproductive health and justice movement, the encompassing newly published Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban by the innovative Center for Reproductive Rights is both incredibly powerful and devastating as it discusses in detail “the human suffering caused by the criminal ban on abortion [in the Philippines] and the challenges it creates for health service providers.”

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Girl Up: Girls Lifting Up Girls

Adolescent girls around the world have some things in common especially in regard to their physical development. But for too many girls living in poverty physical changes are where the simliarities to their wealthier counterparts stop. Girl Up aims to change all of that.

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No Cause for Complacency on Maternal Health

New estimates suggesting reduced numbers of maternal deaths are cause for celebration but not complacency especially in regard to unsafe abortion.

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In Absurd Move, Canada Drops Family Planning from Maternal Health Plan

The Canadian government is excluding family planning from its initiative to save the lives and improve the health of mothers in poor countries. One small problem: You can’t address maternal mortality without family planning.

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Young Women, Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion: Are We Achieving Global Goals?

Young women are the most vulnerable to maternal morbidity and mortality. A panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women examines the reasons.

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