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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

Unsafe abortions result in the death of an estimated 47 000 women and more than 5 million complications. 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 abortion.

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