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Study: Most women in Zambia do not know that abortion is free in public hospitals

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chinese clinicA new study by the University of Zambia and the London School of Economics shows that although safe abortion services are legally available in Zambia’s public health system and some non-government facilities, most women wanting to terminate a pregnancy opt for dangerous abortion procedures.

The main reasons for this, according to women treated for abortion complications in a public hospital in Zambia, are the lack of information on the legality and availability of safe abortion services and the stigma associated with abortion.

Dr Ernestina Coast, Associate Professor of Population Studies at the London School of Economics who conducted the study between 2012 and 2014 said the lack of information on the availability of abortion services is the biggest challenge to addressing unsafe abortion in Zambia.

And Dr Coast says the research also showed that women from all religious beliefs are likely to seek an abortion despite Zambia being a Christian nation.

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