American Women's Health Ranks 15th Internationally

WASHINGTON, DC-Women in the US have higher risks of having poor sexual and reproductive health than women in many European nations.

The results, released for last week's International Woman's Day, rank American women 15th internationally.

In developing countries, nearly half of all women deliver their babies without a healthcare worker present. There are 150 million women worldwide who say they would like to prevent or delay future pregnancies, but do not have access to contraceptives.

The study found that one in 65 women in developing countries will die from reproductive health-related causes. An estimated 515,000 women die each year during childbirth.

Teen births are primarily responsible for the US rank. Americans have the highest rate of teenage birth of any industrialized country. One in 20 girls in the US will become pregnant when still a teenager.

However, teen birth rates are the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where in one in five teenage girls gives birth.

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