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Conference warns of epidemic of unsafe abortions in Africa

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:874
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Twelve per cent of maternal deaths in Africa are caused by unsafe abortions, with 90 women a day dying as a result, a conference in Ethiopia heard last month. The Regional Consultation on Unsafe Abortion in Africa, held at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, was chaired by the Ghanaian gynaecologist Fred Sai, the former president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. It was organised by reproductive health organisation Ipas and the US based Guttmacher Institute.

    Dr Sai warned, “By continuing to adhere to archaic colonial laws, by failing to implement international …

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