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The bad old days are still here: abortion mortality in developing countries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7806754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Each year, complications related to unsafe abortion account for at least one in seven maternal deaths worldwide. Nearly all of these deaths occur in developing countries and most are preventable. The authors argue that to prevent abortion-related deaths, all women must have access to safe abortion and contraceptive services, and they discuss the strategies used to prevent abortion-related deaths--preventing unwanted pregnancy, preventing abortion, preventing unsafe abortion, and treating abortion complications. Some of these strategies have been effective, while others have failed. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is a very important starting point, but evidence suggests that it alone cannot solve the problems of abortion-related deaths. Efforts to prevent abortion, whether through legal or cultural sanctions, do not significantly reduce the number of abortions, and may even increase mortality. The technology to perform safe abortions is available, but remains underused. Finally, even under the best of circumstances, women will experience abortion complications (induced or spontaneous) and only through the prompt and effective treatment of these and other obstetric complications will deaths be averted.
D Maine; K Karkazis; N Bolan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (1972)     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0098-8421     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Med Womens Assoc     Publication Date:    1994 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-01-30     Completed Date:  1995-01-30     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503064     Medline TA:  J Am Med Womens Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Prevention of Maternal Mortality Program, Center for Population and Family Health, Columbia University School of Public Health.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / adverse effects,  mortality*
Developing Countries*
Maternal Mortality
Pregnancy, Unwanted

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