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July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
( - The number of women who die as a result of unintended pregnancies continues to steadily increase, with the largest single mortality factor being unsafe and unsanitary abortion procedures, a study by the Global Health Council concludes.The organization on Wednesday released what it touts as the most comprehensive worldwide analysis of maternal mortality rates directly resulting from unintended pregnancies. The study was based on public health records from 227 countries that were compiled over a six-year period from 1995 to 2000.