Tag Archives: maternal health
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Maternal mortality: is there a link with abortion legislation or not?

The question of whether restrictive laws on abortion lead to fewer maternal deaths, or more maternal deaths, is hotly debated. Those who are ‘pro-life’ and want to see more restrictive abortion laws say that fewer abortions leads to fewer maternal deaths, with Northern Ireland providing […]

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Dilemmas, difficulties and hope – reproductive health in developing countries

Despite my determination a few years ago not to be a GP with a Women’s Health interest that’s exactly what I’ve found that I love!  Having exhausted the UK Diplomas and Letters of Competence and with a long-standing interest in working in developing nations, I […]

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Savita Halappanavar – Medical misadventure verdict does not justify changing Ireland’s abortion law

The jury in the Savita Halappanavar inquest has returned a unanimous verdict of death by medical misadventure. Savita Halappanavar (pictured), 31, was an Indian woman who tragically died in Ireland from overwhelming infection after allegedly being denied an abortion. Her case has been seized upon by the pro-choice lobby […]

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Faith in family planning

  Last week saw a major summit in London on the role of family planning in global development, hosted by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and instigated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was primarily a pledging conference, with the […]

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Educating women is the key to lowering maternal mortality

The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) put forward by the United Nations (MDG-5) proposes to reduce the world’s maternal mortality ratio by 75%, by 2015. But what is the best way of doing this? International programmes sponsored by the UK and US governments, and delivered […]