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Abortion: Clinton invokes women’s rights around the world as she defends choice

The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.

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The truth about unsafe abortion

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Lancet Global Health Blog |  “There are just 500 days left to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Established to drive global Read More

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Reports highlight burden of unsafe abortion in Kenya and Pakistan

This week, the Guttmacher Institute released new reports on the issue of unsafe abortion in Kenya and Pakistan, two countries where abortion-related complications help to drive persistent high levels of maternal mortality and morbidity. In Kenya, researchers working in coordination with the Ministry of Health undertook a study using a nationally representative sample of health facilities in order to assess the number of abortions annually in Kenya, the extent of unsafe abortion, the characteristics of women who seek abortion-related care in Kenyan health facilities and the quality of care available. They found that unsafe abortions were not only common, but carried a major, unnecessary threat to women’s lives, with a case-fatality rate of 266 deaths per 100,000 unsafe procedures – nearly all of which could have been prevented. Meanwhile, in “Post-Abortion Care in Pakistan: A National Study,” researchers from Guttmacher and the Population Council focused on the issue of post-abortion care as they examined the conditions under which women obtain abortion in Pakistan; the incidence, coverage and quality of facility-based postabortion care (PAC); and the extent to which recommended standards for PAC have been implemented in health facilities.  The study drew on research with women and in health facilities to compare the 2012 situation to 2002

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