Monday, July 16, 2012
The Guttmacher Institute calculates that there will be about 80m unintended pregnancies in developing countries this year, resulting in 40m abortions, 10m miscarriages—and 100,000 maternal deaths, 800,000 still births and 600,000 infant deaths. Making contraception universally available, the institute reckons, would cut the number of unwanted pregnancies by two-thirds, resulting in 26m fewer abortions and 21m fewer unplanned births. What vaccinations are to infant mortality, contraception is to maternal mortality. Contraception and development: Choice not chance | The Economist



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