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  • Submited: January 31, 2021
  • Published: March 29, 2022


It is commonly assumed that legalisation of abortion leads to reduced maternal mortality both generally, and from abortion specifically. This paper surveys the available literature on maternal mortality and its causes in Ethiopia before and after legalisation of abortion in 2005, finding that abortion mortality had already fallen to low levels before legalisation, and did not drop noticeably further after legalisation. These findings are then compared with abortion mortality in other African contexts. Explanations for these findings are offered.



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How to Cite
Miller, C. (2022). LEGALISATION OF ABORTION AND MATERNAL MORTALITY IN ETHIOPIA. Ethiopian Medical Journal, 60(2). Retrieved from

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