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By Phyllis Mbanje Pg 6 07.07.18

The cross sectional study  by researchers which appeared in BMJ Open Access Journal 2018, estimates of maternal mortality attributable to abortion complications in Zimbabwe range from 6% to 23%. In Zimbabwe abortion is highly restricted as provided for by the Termination of pregnancy Act and permitted only in cases of rape, incest, when the mother’s life is at risk, or when the child may be born with serious mental of physical disabilities. However, baby dumping or fetuses clogging sewer pipe is not new in the country neither have we seen the last of it.  Marie Stopes International is one of the few organisations that advocate for the women to be accorded full rights when it comes to their bodies in Zimbabwe. However due to the restrictive laws their campaigns are largely on access to other family planning methods .