A woman’s dignity both includes and transcends her capacity to bear children, but this dignity is subverted when she is exploited for her eggs or her womb or when her basic health needs are neglected. In addition to the serious issues surrounding motherhood, women in developing countries have other health issues that demand out attention, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, and cancer. Medical care in the developing world can be difficult to access, either because of geography, economics, or discrimination. Caring for the whole person requires that we attend to the range of health issues adult women face.

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