SA stats on Maternal Mortality for 2003
The SA Yearbook states obsetric haemorrhage to be the most common direct cause of death in level one institutions and that there was a significant decline in the number of women dying as a result of complications of abortion (1998:32 cases 5.7% of all maternal deaths and in 1999: 37 cases 5.2%. For 2000: 26 cases 3.9%.) Access to abortion is not available countrywide and many backstreet abortions continue.
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