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São Paulo Passes Bill Likely to Increase Already High Number of C-Sections

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – São Paulo’s state legislature (Alesp) approved a bill last week that would give women the option of a cesarean section birth within the public health system, even if there is no medical reason for it. With Governor João Doria expected to sanction the bill into law within the next few days, the proposal has been getting both criticism and praise.

“It is fair that low-income women have the right to cesarean section in the state’s public maternity hospitals or general hospitals. After referral from the Assembly, we will approve and publish . . .

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