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Illegal, Unsafe Abortions In Tanzania, East Africa Contribute To High Maternal Mortality Rates

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzanian women endangered by illegal abortions
“…Abortion is illegal in Tanzania except to save a woman’s life and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. In Tanzania and other parts of East Africa, the estimated number of unsafe abortions was 2.4 million in 2008, or 36 unsafe abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age — the highest regional unsafe abortion rate in Africa, according to the Guttmacher Institute…” (Makoye, 4/27).

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