While gender barriers are being broken in Canada today, other countries are failing to meet the basic standards of maternal health care because of inequality and poverty.
“Inequality in decision-making, limited access to health services in rural areas and lack of information on healthy pregnancy are among the factors that contribute to maternal deaths,” said Masruchah, secretary-general of the National Commission on Violence against Women.
This story from Indonesia is further evidence that poverty and the gender divide, not lack of access to abortions, is a leading factor in the maternal mortality rates abroad.
“The maternity hospital suggested a C-section, but I didn’t have the money,” Juhri, a motorcycle taxi driver in Depok, a Jakarta suburb, said of the US$1,000-$1,500 procedure. “I took her to a midwife, but she could not handle the delivery.”
An emergency caesarian, if she’d had the power to demand/afford one, would have saved her life.by