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This is to say nothing of the women who would not qualify for an abortion under these rules.But it is well-documented that outlawing abortion does not end the practice. Rather, when the authorities jail anyone who is rumored to be providing safe abortions, as occurs in Kenya, women end up turning to providers who use highly dangerous methods to get the job done. After years working in reproductive health, I can say authoritatively that women do not terminate pregnancies on a whim. A CSE teaches young people about sex and relationships in an age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, realistic, nonjudgmental and scientifically accurate way, and can increase the use of contraceptives and reduce teen pregnancy rates, particularly if it takes a gender-based approach, focusing on empowering young girls to protect their own health.Rules that punish women must be replaced with modern laws -- in line with international human-rights frameworks -- that protect women's reproductive freedom, including by guaranteeing access to safe abortion services.
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