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Cuban Teenagers Overuse Abortion as Birth Control

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HAVANA - Researchers say abortion is being overused by teenagers in Cuba as a form of birth control.
Dr. Jorge Peláez, vice president of the Cuban Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, says having 76 per cent of pregnant teenagers electing to abort “is a public health problem”.

In July, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women expressed concern at Cuba’s “high rate of abortion, especially among girls as young as 12.

The committee has urged Cuba to “increase access, as well as use of effective and high quality methods of contraception to reduce abortion as a method of family planning.” (END//2013)

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