Abortion in Tanzania: Women at Risk

The story is all too common.

After undergoing an abortion in Tanzania, where abortion is illegal except to save a woman’s life, the young woman experienced acute pain and continuous bleeding. A trip to the emergency room confirmed that the abortionist had failed to complete the procedure, Reuters reports in an interview with the 26-year-old.

The woman survived, but she was lucky. Globally, there are 22 million unsafe abortions each year, according to 2015 WHO statistics. One of the most dangerous places for women to access abortion services is Tanzania, where studies suggest that almost 60% of women admitted to public hospitals with a suspected miscarriage had actually had an abortion.

The country has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates at 454 deaths per 100,000 live births, with abortion complications undoubtedly responsible for some of those deaths.

Thomson Reuters

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