Maternal Mortality

MMR stands for maternal mortality rate. The World Health Organization reports that with about 136000 deaths among pregnant women in India, the country accounts for one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Many of these deaths are due to unsafe abortions and medical neglect during pregnancies.

Women are often pressurized by their husbands and in-laws to go through repeated pregnancies and abortions to terminate female fetuses and to try endlessly for sons, and this results in the long-term break down of their health and eventual demise.

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1 Pregnant Woman Dies in India every 5 Minutes: UNICEF

India has the highest maternal mortality rate in the World: WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF
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Article on AsiaNewsIT: 136000 Maternal Deaths in India Every Year

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