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Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Bosnia, a country in the Balkans that was formerly a part of Yugoslavia, has a population of just under 4 million (2007 estimate), with a female life expectancy of 81.9. It has a birth rate of 8.8 per 1,000, and an infant mortality rate of 9.8 per 1,000 live births. The crude divorce rate in the country is 0.4 divorces per 1,000 marriages (2004 figures).

Abortion on request is available up to 10 weeks gestation; after that time, a committee must determine if abortion is necessary to save the women's life or health, if the child has a serious congenital defect, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape. After 20 weeks, abortion is legal only to save the life or health of the mother. ...

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