How is Nicaragua’s Ban on Abortions Going?

From The Guardian:

Nicaragua’s ban on all abortions, even when a woman’s life is at risk, is compelling incest and rape victims to give birth and contributing to an increase in maternal deaths, according to a report from Amnesty International.

Delegates from the human rights charity, who recently visited the predominantly Catholic country, say young girls subjected to sexual violence by family or friends are forced to give birth even when they are carrying their own brothers and sisters.

The report also says the law has led to a recorded rise in pregnant teenagers committing suicide by consuming poison.

The new penal code, introduced in July last year, enshrined the criminalisation of abortion, regardless of circumstance, with prison sentences for women who undergo abortions, and the medical staff who help them.

It also introduced criminal sanctions for doctors and nurses who treat a pregnant woman or girl for illnesses such as cancer, malaria, HIV/Aids or cardiac emergencies if such treatment could cause injury to or lead to the death of the embryo or foetus.

“There is only one way to describe what we have seen in Nicaragua ‑ sheer horror,” Kate Gilmore, Amnesty International’s executive deputy secretary general, told a press conference in Mexico City. “Children are being compelled to bear children. Pregnant women are being denied essential life saving medical care.”

And this:

Amnesty said the law goes as far as punishing girls and women who have suffered a miscarriage, as in many cases it is impossible to distinguish spontaneous from induced abortions.

(via Slog)


  1. A bit of context: this came from that bastard-of-a-president Ortega who originally was a Sandinista (socialist), but who forfeited all socialist ideals for the sake of power.

    So, banning abortions was just a move to please the Catholic church. He made the country do a 100-years backwards leap for the sole purpose of ensuring a few more votes.

  2. hey, here in chile, there’s the same ban on abortions, with the same conditions, since the time of pinochet right wing dictatorship. here, the power of the catholic church is also strong. and the women suffers for it.

  3. perro> Ironic. The same law coming from both a right-wing military dictatorship AND a supposedly socialist regime.
    As much as I love my Nicaraguan roots (I grew up there during the sandinista revolution), that sort of stuff is what keeps me from ever living there again. And I didn’t even mention the evangelicals.

  4. The horror of this makes me truly afraid sometimes of being a woman in this world. Men like these are lucky that more women aren’t as murderous as men are! And women who agree with this bullshit should be horsewhipped and sterilized.

    Okay that was bitter, but GOD I am sick of the world hating women for BEING women!!!!!

    Remember guys – we only need about 1 man per 100 women to keep the species going!!! 😛 (but it wouldn’t be much fun!)

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