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Reproduction: Abortion: South Asia
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Abortion is one of the most controversial and least understood issues in modern society. For many it is a critical human right; for others it is unethical and even a form of murder. Unsafe abortion is believed to be a major factor in South Asia's high maternal mortality rate: a third of the world's maternal deaths are believed to occur in the region. Sex-selective abortion is a new issue of concern to many commentators. Islamic law has been interpreted by some as being opposed to abortion but by…

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Caldwell, Bruce, “Reproduction: Abortion: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0187c>
First published online: 2009

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