Sexual and reproductive health

Complications of abortion

Technical and managerial guidelines for prevention and treatment

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Number of pages: 148
Publication date: 1995
Languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 92 4 154469 4


Sets out guidelines that can help reduce the high levels of maternal morbidity and mortality associated with abortion, whether spontaneous or induced. Recommendations are backed by extensive practical experience and rooted in the principle that emergency care for the complications of abortion should be available 24 hours a day in every health care system. In view of the need to prevent life-threatening complications, the book also establishes standards of safe abortion practice for use in those countries where abortion is permitted by law. Prevention of abortion through education and family planning is likewise discussed.

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