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Playing games with numbers – Maternal health and abortion

 

June 25, 2010 | Daniel Kanis

Andrea Mrozek And Rebecca Walberg, National Post · Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010: Seventy thousand. We’ve been told this is the number of women who die each year as a result of unsafe abortions in the developing world. Furthermore, we are told, this accounts for 13% of all maternal deaths. It’s a tragedy whether 700 or 70,000 women die from abortions. However, the issue is much bigger than the number. The assumptions used to calculate the 70,000 are debatable and the methodology isn’t up to scientific standards. In the end, 70,000 is nothing more than a stab in the dark by the World Health Organization’s own admission. [Keep reading this excellent article here.]

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