The Right to Life;


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Today, illegal abortions are the leading cause of death among young women in Latin America. Whether they are performed in major cities or in the isolated countryside, these ‘back room’ abortions are leaving thousands of young women dead each year.
Guatemala has the highest fertility rate among women and yet it remains the poorest country in the region where women can ill afford large families. Unwanted pregnancies, coupled with the forces of tradition and politics, leave few options for these families.
Through the work of an activist and the medical team she leads, the questions of family planning, which many see as the right to life.
Maternal health is about more than just mothers and babies. Across the globe the very business of delivering life into the world is determined by power, politicsFacts of Life and Death
and, all too often, poverty.
In fact, maternal mortality is the greatest health inequality in the world. Ninety-nine per cent of women who die in childbirth are in the developing world and most of these deaths could be avoided if resources were invested to pay for adequate healthcare.
Twenty million of the estimated 210 million women who become pregnant each year experience life-threatening complications and pregnancy is the biggest killer of women aged 15 to 19 in the developing world.
A girl growing up in Chad today has about the same chance of dying in childbirth as she has of going to
secondary school, while a 15-year-old girl in Afghanistan has a one-in-11 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth.
Every year, 3.6 million babies die before they are a month old.
This is an on-going problem through-out the world, and more attentions needs to be drawn to this subject. Young women are being exploited universally and we need to step-up and help them, Now rather than Later! Hotdogfish
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