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Midwives and doctors' assistants can provide safe first trimester abortions

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1212

One woman dies every eight minutes from an unsafe abortion, says a Lancet editorial (doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69743-2). Some die because safe abortions are illegal, others die because economic and social considerations conspire to make them unavailable. One solution is to train midwives and doctors' assistants …

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