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Report Examines Contraceptive Access, Abortion In Uganda

“Uganda has one of the world’s highest unmet needs for contraception, leading almost 300,000 women to seek backstreet abortions each year — with many dying as a result, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said in a new report released on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “At the root of the problem is a lack of access to contraception … [but w]omen often face opposition from their husbands when they try to use contraception,” the news service writes (Migiro, 11/21). “The report … documents personal stories of women impacted by the widespread and false impression that abortion is illegal in all circumstances in Uganda,” a CRR press release states, adding, “In fact the country’s laws permit abortion for women not only to save a woman’s life but also on mental and physical health grounds.” The press release notes the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law collaborated on the report (11/20).