Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

Maternal Mortality

In Policy Blog on March 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm

In 2005 the global community lost an estimated 536,000 women to maternal death.  From a Millennium Development Goals Fact Sheet published by The Center for Reproductive Rights:

“There is no single cause of death and disability for men between the ages of 15 and 44 that approaches the magnitude of maternal death and disability.”

Maternal mortality is the single largest cause of death for women of reproductive age the world over, and 70,000 women die every year because of complications from unsafe, clandestine abortions.  Those specifically are wholly unnecessary deaths.  Abortion in an appropriate clinical setting is twice as safe as a penicillin injection.

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