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UN official urges world to tackle unsafe abortions

April 8, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. population agency says the world must address why 8.7 million young women aged 15 to 24 resort to unsafe abortions each year.

Babatunde Osotimehin also called on government to explore why more than 200 million women in developing countries who want to prevent pregnancies don’t have access to contraception. And he said countries must answer why one in three girls in developing countries are married before they turn 18, despite near universal commitment to ending child marriage.

He spoke at Monday’s opening session of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development, which will review progress and tackle new challenges since the landmark U.N. population conference in Cairo in 1994. The conference established a woman’s right to reproductive and sexual health, and to family planning.

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