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Coming to Terms: The Social Costs of Unequal Access to Safe Abortions

Date Published: 
February, 2021
Lead Researcher(s): 
Saramaria Virri
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Abortion is illegal in Jamaica. It is, however, easily obtainable, albeit with varying degrees of safety. In Jamaica, complications from abortion is the third leading cause of maternal death. Complications from unsafe abortions burden the public health system and exact economic, societal, familial, and individual costs. The familial and individual costs are disproportionately borne by poor, vulnerable women and their dependents.