Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic, as they bear the brunt of the global calamity, warned an international aid group. Across 37 countries, nearly two million fewer women received such services between January and June than in the same period last year, Al Jazeera quotes Marie Stopes International as saying in a new report on Wednesday. Some countries did not deem sexual and reproductive health services as essential under lockdown, meaning women and girls were turned away, with the organisation saying it expects an additional 900,000 unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result, along with an additional 1.5 million unsafe abortions and an additional more than 3,000 maternal deaths.