Stories: Abortion

  • This Is What It’s Like On The Front Lines Of Nicaragua’s Abortion Crisis

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — On a warm day in June, at the start of the rainy season, Ixelis waits outside of Managua’s German Nicaraguan Hospital. She is homeless, and several months pregnant. The 21-year-old has been waiting for several hours to see what the doctors will tell her. Ixelis is addicted to drugs. She has a gentle smile and...

  • Argentina bans abortion in most cases. So why is its abortion rate far higher than that of the U.S.?

    The woman stumbled into a public hospital late one night, her stomach turning as she approached the lobby. She was bleeding. Dr. Damian Levy ushered her into a room. Like many of his patients at Hospital Alvarez in Buenos Aires, she was young and poor. At first, she refused to tell him why she was there. Then she burst...

  • “Justice is Afraid of the Priest’s Robe”: Rape and Power in Nicaragua

    In a central Nicaraguan town in 2014, not far from the birthplace of revolutionary hero Augusto Sandino, Lucia, 15, had been suffering from stomach pains. After several days of discomfort, her mother walked her to a nearby health clinic, where a doctor informed them that Lucia was pregnant. Lucia’s mother was shocked. Nicaragua has one of the highest rates of...

  • How teen moms in Nigeria could wind up hurt by Trump’s U.N. cuts

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Supo Nofisat didn’t mean to get pregnant. As a single, unemployed 18-year-old living in Nigeria, she knew that having a child could mean an even harder life. So when her pregnancy test came back positive in January and a traditional midwife told her she was already three months along, the aspiring hairdresser thought she had...

  • The Unintended Consequences of India’s War on Sex Selection

    Many poor women now find that they can’t access second-trimester abortions at all. The policy’s implementation raises a crucial question: “Can you promote the rights of women and girls and also restrict their family choices?” Dr. Meena Kharat has performed abortions in India and trained other doctors how to perform them for more than...

  • What Abortions in India Can Teach Us About American Women’s Health

    Last fall—before the Center for Medical Progress released its video attack on Planned Parenthood, before Cecile Richards testified before Congress, before Congress voted to defund the health care organization—I was in India, watching a woman have an abortion. The woman — I’ll call her Meena — was having a safe, legal procedure in a...

  • Are These Women the Key to Safer Abortions in India?

    Geeta doesn't remember exactly where it was that a girl she knew threw away her baby. She's also not sure if the mother of a childhood friend went to jail or not after she tossed two infants, her ninth and 10th daughters, into the canal. But she does remember the day the woman in the slum stuck the...

  • Safe Abortion Helpline Receives Few Calls From Teens in Ecuador

    Ecuador's teens seem to be shying away from seeking information on safe abortion, despite the country having one of the highest number of adolescent pregnancies in south America. A telephonic helpline, the first-of-its-kind in Ecuador to dispense information on using medication for safe abortion, received only 5% of its calls from teenagers in the period of one year. Salud Mujeres,...

  • Mozambique Loosens Anti-Abortion Laws

    To abort an unwanted pregnancy, some women drink bleach or home-brewed mixtures made with livestock manure. Others insert a twig or chicken bone into their uterus or rub their vagina with herbal elixirs to induce early childbirth. Or they jump from a high place. When abortions are illegal, they are often carried out in the back rooms of doctors,...

  • Illegale Abtreibungen in Afrika: Das Sterben im Hinterzimmer

    Manche Frauen schlucken Bleichmittel oder selbstgebraute Getränke. Andere führen spitze Gegenstände wie Ästchen oder Hühnerknochen in die Gebärmutter ein; sie behandeln die Vagina mit Kräutermitteln, um eine Geburt zu provozieren oder springen von Treppen oder Dächern, um das ungeborene Kind durch eine Verletzung des...