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Women experience varying degrees of reproductive freedom on the vast, diverse continent of Asia. Abortion laws are very restrictive in countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar but more progressive in Vietnam and China. Liberal abortion laws, however, do not guarantee that women can obtain safe abortions. Each year, almost one third of the estimated 47,000 unsafe abortion-related deaths worldwide occur in Asia. In the poorer countries of South-central and Southeast Asia, the unsafe abortion rate is about 20 per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Factors causing this alarming incidence of unsafe abortion include limited access to contraception and information on reproductive health services, particularly in rural areas, and an unequal concentration of abortion facilities in urban areas.

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