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10 facts on maternal health

A woman standing in front of a condom vending machine in India.
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Fact 8

About 22 million abortions continue to be performed unsafely each year

Over 5 million of these result in complications some of which may end in death. Almost every one of these deaths and complications could have been prevented through sexuality education, contraceptive use, and the provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and care for complications of unsafe abortions.

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