posted by November 27 at 14:57 PMon
Women in the US may not have equality, but at least I know that if I need an abortion, I can get one.
Not so in Nicaragua, where doctors are predicting a total abortion ban (including in cases of rape, incest, and when the woman’s life is endangered) will imperil the lives of thousands of women and result in thousands more illegal abortions annually. Currently, due in large part to the difficulty of getting a legal abortion even before the ban (a woman had to either prove she was raped or convince three doctors to testify that her life was at risk) about 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua every year.
On a related note, the BBC reports that unsafe abortions kill 68,000 women a year worldwide, and send at least five million other women to the hospital for infections and other complications.
Lead researcher Dr Susheela Singh said: “The evidence shows that the health burden of unsafe abortion is large.
“The most effective way of eliminating this highly preventable cause of maternal illness and death, would be to make safe and legal abortion services available and accessible.
“A second, more immediately achievable, goal is to prevent unintended pregnancies in the first place through improved contraception use.”
Meanwhile, in Africa, the AIDS pandemic is getting worse after years of progress, thanks in large part to ineffective Bush administration policies that emphasize abstinence until marriage over condom use. Many women are infected by their husbands, and are not in a position to abstain from sex, even as more married men have multiple partners.