Reducing Unintended Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Uganda
A lthough HIV/AIDS is probably Uganda’s gravest public health issue, unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion also rank high among serious health problems facing the country. Unplanned births are common and represent a growing proportion of all births— almost 40% in 2000, compared with 29% in 1995. With such high levels of unplanned childbearing, it is likely that abortion is becoming increasingly common in Uganda, even though national law permits abortion only to save a woman’s life.1 Evidence from small-scale studies suggests that abortion to end unwanted pregnancies is widespread, that it is usually performed clandestinely in unsafe conditions and that unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death in Uganda.2
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