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Will Uruguay’s President Veto Bill That Would Prevent Maternal Deaths?

Uruguay’s legislature has passed an abortion liberalization law. Will President TabarĂ© Vasquez ignore widespread unsafe abortion in the country and veto the bill?

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On Maternal Mortality, Why Africa Falls So Far Behind

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.

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Pregnant in Poland? Government Considers Tracking You for Illegal Abortion

The Polish Health Minister recently proposed a new health department that would register and track women’s pregnancies to ensure abortions were not obtained illegally.

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Ensuring the Human Right to Survive Pregnancy in Southeast Asia

To combat maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia far higher than Millennium Development Goal targets, governments must ensure women’s right to safe abortion.

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Crime and Punishment: Illegal Abortion in Brazil

An estimated one million illegal abortions occur in Brazil each year, yet very few women have ever been imprisoned on for seeking abortion care. That may be about to change. In April, officials took a brisk departure from the nation’s relative “tolerance” of illegal abortion practice, arresting the head of a two decade-old family planning clinic for providing abortions and seizing the medical records of nearly 10,000 women.

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Safe Abortion Hotline Lauched in Anti-Choice Ecuador

Women on Waves is now providing safe abortions off the coast of Ecuador, focusing attention on the reproductive justice activists fighting against a society that has strictly criminalized abortion.

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Tragic Epidemic: Unsafe Abortion in Senegal

In Dakar, word on the street is that surgical abortion can kill you, and the link between abortion and fatality defines Senegal’s reproductive reality.

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Nicaragua: Working for Safety Despite Abortion Ban

After more than a hundred years of legally allowing women access to a therapeutic abortion, in October 2006 the Nicaraguan National Assembly banned this procedure in all circumstances. Now women’s health groups are working to mitigate the damage.

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Unsafe Abortion Leads to Maternal Death

In Zimbabwe, abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, fetal impairment, or to preserve a woman’s health, is illegal – and if caught, women face jail terms. As a result, many women resort to clandestine, unsafe and life-threatening abortion methods.

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