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Creating Awareness on Reproductive Health
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Creating Awareness on Reproductive Health

The increasing number of illegal abortions in the country is a cause for concern. Recently, 120 physicians in a letter to the health minster urged him to take stricter measures to prevent illegal terminations of pregnancy. They estimated that 350,000 illegal abortions occur in the country each year. According to figures released by the Health Ministry, last year there were 200,000 illegal abortions while the number of permits issued for legal therapeutic abortion was 7,125, Tabnak News Agency reported. In response to the letter, Dr. Mohammad Esmaeil Motlagh, director general of the ministry’s Family, Population and Schools Office said the ministry is not the sole authority responsible to address the issue. People’s awareness of reproductive health (RH) and the dangers of illegal abortion should be increased through the mass media and cultural and social programs.”

 

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