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Reproductive health in culture wars crossfire

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Science  13 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6360, pp. 175-176
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3940

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On his third day in office, President Trump ordered new abortion restrictions on U.S. foreign aid. Worldwide reaction against the policy was immediate (1). Recognizing that unsafe abortion is a major health risk for women in poor countries—estimated by the World Health Organization (2) to result in 47,000 deaths and millions of injuries annually—opponents and supporters are seeking ways to measure the policy's effects as well as to minimize its harmful consequences.