Thursday 19 October 2017

Pregnancy the biggest killer of teenage girls

Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, a charity has said.

One million teenage girls die or are injured each year because of pregnancy or childbirth, according to Save the Children.

The children's charity warns that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy than women in their 20s.

More than 25,000 girls under 18 are married every day. Many quickly fall pregnant before their bodies have sufficiently developed. The report also found that one in five girls are teenage mothers -- having given birth by the time they are 18.

Next month a family planning summit is to be held in London to discuss increasing the global availability of contraceptives and to empower women so they have more choices about sex.

Irish Independent

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