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70,000 Women a Year Die From Unsafe Abortions

After three years of research, the New York-based Guttmacher Institute has concluded that although contraceptive use has lowered the number of abortions worldwide, unsafe abortions still account for a staggering 70,000 deaths a year, particularly in the developing world. More than half the deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the lowest rates of contraceptive use and the highest rates of unintended pregnancies.

"In much of the developing world," said the Institute's president Sharon Camp, "abortion remains highly restricted, and unsafe abortion is common and continues to damage women's health and threaten their survival."

The report calls for easing developing nations' abortion laws, citing that laws banning or restricting abortion don't keep it from happening, they just make abortion unsafe and either self-induced or performed by unskilled people in any unhygienic conditions.


The Guttmacher Institute's recommendations: expand access to family planning and modern contraceptives and to legal and safe abortion, and improve the coverage and quality of post-abortion care.

Their recommendations have been criticized by Deirdre McQuade, a policy director for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Pro-life Activities who also castigates priests or nuns who make referrals to family planning services, which she says veers from church policy. "We need to be much more creative in assisting women with supportive services," she said, "so they don't need to resort to the unnatural act of abortion."

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Talking about someone being trained to think by the media, is hypocritical. The church (any) trains people to think the way they want them to, often from damn near birth.
So, let's make abortion illegal in the US, that way our women can die from unsafe abortions in the same staggering numbers. Yay! To deny a woman's right to choose, and then call that feminist, is ironic, to say the least.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Lizlee as I have been a catholic all myself I can say Planned Parenthood is not the reason the Church seems old fashioned. Contraception is not just for pregnancy, it's for protection against HIV as well and if you are talking about the pull out method then I can say 99% is a gross exagerration as there is sperm in precum, excuse my language, as well. You can say no sex before marriage but wha about those who have philandering husbands or wives or whose partners did have sex before marriage. It's better to be safe than sorry and I'm sure when judgement day rolls around the Lord will not be mad that you used contraception there are worse sins the Church would do well to be so vocal about like child molestation.....
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I would suggest wider availability of contraceptives, accessible sex education (few charities do this) and wider access to healthcare. Nothing will stop people having sex, we can at least make it safer. :)
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
A calm, adult discussion, lizlee? You just made it sound like you were the last person I could have one with.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
nyaradzom, the Catholic Church not only supports but teaches the cheapest and easiest method - it's called natural family planning and it is 99% effective when used correctly (and before people start nagging me about my numbers; they should know that I volunteer for an organization that uses statistics from both Planned Parenthood and the Surgeon General so I know what I'm talking about). the truth is the Catholic Church is the most pro-life, pro-family, pro-children, pro-monogamy (which is why they actually condemn those "philandering spouses of which you speak), and pro-women of all organizations (and please don't try to once again nag me with claims of "what about female ordination, blah blah blah" - that it a completely different issue; if you're ignorant about it the look it up). the Church has these beliefs set up because they were passed down by God and because they keep us safe and healthy (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, etc). unfortuantely, though, the media and Planned Parenthood has brainwashed the public into thinking that the Church is "old-fashioned" and out to ruin everyone's fun while they're in their abortuaries targeting the minority birth rate and covering up child molestation by coaxing minors into getting abortions when their older boyfriends get them pregnant (there is a whole undercover campaign that has uncovered this atrocity). Pistil, what she means by more "creative methods"; which I admit she does not adequately explain (then again; who knows; the leftist media most likely censored what she had to say); is helping women who are pregnant and unable to adequately care for a child to do so - with financial, moral, medical, and even psychological help (I'm not talking about therapy, but helping them get through the ordeal mentally). again, I volunteer for a hotline and organization that does this. please, if anyone has question or is interested in knowing more (not arguing or harassing me but having a calm, adult discussion) feel free to contact me on this network. I would be happy to share my knowledge with people who don't want to settle with only thinking the way the media has trained them to think. it is so much more than just a religious issue; it really is a feminist, medical, and emotional issue...
Pistil Pistil 7 years
What does she mean by more "creative"?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Which is why women need to have better and cheaper if not free access to family planning Ms McQuade so that abortion is never an option. Not everyone can afford 14 children nor is it always safe to carry a baby to term, I may be Catholic but I am not letting the church dictate whether I should use contraception or not if the church wants that then they should pick up the bills for families that don't use contraception and pay fro ARVs from those who catch HIV because of philandering spouses. A 14th century mentality in a 21st century world only serves to weaken the church.
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