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Overestimation of abortion deaths in Mexico hinders maternal mortality reduction efforts
Date:12/6/2012

pregnancy from 5.3% to 9.4%. "In addition to some deaths due to spontaneous miscarriages rapidly complicated by sepsis, membrane rupture and subsequent abortion are often observed in pregnant women suffering episodes of excessive physical violence, falls or accidents. If these women do not receive prompt medical attention, they may die from clinical complications. It is important to remark that any of these abortion deaths cannot be avoided by promoting changes in abortion legislations simply because they are the result of other causes, especially multiple organ failure provoked by septic shock resistant to antibiotic treatment. In fact, these kinds of deaths occur in practically all parts of the world even with the highest maternal healthcare standards, regardless of the legal status of abortion" said Koch.

The researchers stated that implementation of emergency obstetric units and timely access to specialized medical care for high-risk pregnancies, especially in the most vulnerable regions, are key to further reduce maternal mortality in Mexico. "Hundreds of Mexican women continue to die due to hemorrhage, eclampsia and indirect causes; this suggests very concrete strategies that clearly are unrelated to the legal status of abortion" Koch and Calhoun concluded.


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