The government has rolled out national contraceptive campaigns, but despite this there are still up to 500,000 clandestine abortions in every year.
In a country that has one of the highest levels of healthcare and education in Latin America – and where 98% of women give birth in hospital – the link between the ban on abortion and preventable maternal mortality couldn\’t be more exposed.
Campaigning groups estimate that up to 400 Argentinian women die every year as a result of botched terminations. According to a UNFPA report last year, abortion remains the leading cause of \”elevated\” maternal mortality in Argentina and is the primary reason the country has a relatively high and stubbornly resilient maternal mortality rate of 44 deaths per 100,000 births.
Maternal mortality is measured by the number who die having given birth, not by the number who die having been pregnant to any particular stage. Thus the number of abortions cannot contribute to the maternal mortality rate.