CAN ABORTION MORTALITY BE ELIMINATED? WE BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS YES
Abortion mortality is an important global public health problem but a relatively neglected area of epidemiologic study. Deaths and complications from unsafe abortion are commonplace in many countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates about 22 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year and about 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion and 99% of these deaths occur in less developed regions of the world.
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