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Study In Lancet Global Health Examines Provision Of Post-Abortion Care In 10 Health Systems

The Lancet Global Health: Health systems’ capacity to provide post-abortion care: a multicountry analysis using signal functions
Onikepe O. Owolabi, senior research scientist; Ann Biddlecom, director of international research; and Hannah S. Whitehead, senior research assistant, all with the Guttmacher Institute, discuss results from a study examining the provision of post-abortion care at facilities that offer childbirth delivery services in 10 countries in three regions. The authors write, “The results highlight the gap between political commitments to address the consequences of unsafe abortion and the capacity of health systems to provide post-abortion care.” In a press release, Guttmacher notes, “The evidence from this study underscores the importance of increased government investments in their health care system to ensure that [post-abortion care] includes all of the critical components of care” (11/29).