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Myths about Abortion Complications

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Video Lecture Presented by:
Jen Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 
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Myths about Abortion Complications Slide Set

Week4-Myths (Kerns)

Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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