Women’s Reproductive and Human Rights in South Africa The right to a safe and legal abortion can be considered a litmus test for the state of women’s legislative rights in a given nation. In developing nations, “the lifetime risk of maternal death is between 80 and 600 times higher than it is in industrial countries. Each year, according to [the World Health Organization], at least a half-million women worldwide die from pregnancy-related causes” (Jacobson 298). The vast majority of these deaths are totally preventable, dependent not on expensive, unattainable technologies, but on the legal and practical availability of basic reproductive health services provided at a reasonable distance by trained and capable staff. The tragic injustice...The end:
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