In many places, especially developing countries, there is a lack of providers able to perform abortions, to address emergency obstetric care, or provide postabortion care, resulting in unnecessarily high maternal mortality and morbidity rates. This lack of providers may be due to many factors, one being the State limiting the types of providers authorized to provide such services.
In some countries, such services are solely limited to specialist or non-specialist doctors. However, it has been recommended by the World Health Organization and other medical bodies to train nurses and midwives and other health-care professionals to provide such services, this can reduce maternal mortality and save costs for the health care system. Below are these recommendations, as well as international human rights law, that support this development.
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