New York: Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,000 women a year, a research institute reported Tuesday in a major global survey.
McQuade, of the Catholic Bishops Conference, said any priest or nun making such referrals was veering from church policy. She contended that use of artificial contraception could increase a women`s health risks and said they would fare better using natural family planning methods approved by the church. Overall, the report is "a good news/bad news story," said Susan Cohen, the Guttmacher Institute`s director of government affairs, who hailed the decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies. "The bad news is that where most of the poor women live, throughout the developing world, unsafe abortion remains high, and women are dying as a result of it," she said. "It`s so preventable, and that`s the tragedy." Bureau Report
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