Abortions and maternal mortality in Argentina

Daniel Gollán: “Abortion is one of the causes of maternal mortality”

Fact-check by Chequeado (Argentina)

The new Health Minister, Daniel Gollán, referred to the need to reduce the maternal mortality rate, and he pointed out that illegal abortions are part of the problem. Abortions conducted in insecure conditions are in fact the first cause of maternal death; they represented around 20% of the 245 deaths related to pregnancy in 2013. Argentina committed to the UN Millennium Development Goals, which include cutting by 75% the maternal mortality rate by 2015, compared to 1990, but the country is still far from reaching it. In Argentina, abortion is only legal in the case of rape or if the mothers life is in danger. The statement is True.

Read the full fact-check (in Spanish) here.

photo: Presidencia de la Nación (Argentina)

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