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Ugandans protest childbirth death rate

Women appeal to court for help

By Rodney Muhumuza
Associated Press / June 14, 2012
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More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda, a heartbreaking statistic that has energized activists to go to the Supreme Court in a bid to force the government to put more resources toward maternal health care to prevent the wave of deaths. The activists say they want the country’s top judges to declare that women’s rights are violated when they die in childbirth, the kind of statement a lower court declined to give last week.

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