Located in South America, south of Colombia and north of Peru, and east of the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador claimed 25 years of civilian governance in 2004. This period, however, experienced sociopolitical instability. In 2007, the election of a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution marked the 20th time Ecuador has dealt with such an event since their independence. In addition to the political situation in Ecuador, religion serves as a central influence on the social issues related to motherhood, sexuality, and family, as 95 percent of the population is Roman Catholic. In contrast to all of Latin America, Ecuador's public health expenditure is one of the lowest. Spanish is the official language, and Ecuador has a literacy rate of 92.3 percent for men and ...

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