Stories: Abortion

  • How Ethiopia Solved Its Abortion Problem

    Zebiba, 28, sits in her purple headscarf in the small clinic room, the cramping already beginning. She took the tablets early this morning. She is three months pregnant. Zebiba waits for her abortion to be completed. By 2 p.m., her abortion should be complete. She will return to her two children, now at school. She is divorcing their father, who...

  • Doctors in Ethiopia Are Looking Past Their Religious Beliefs on Abortions to Save Lives

    It seems contrary to the population’s very conservative religious ideals, but doctors say they’re willing to look past their religion to save women’s lives. In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, many women come to the Marie Stopes Clinic to get birth control advice, to give birth and follow up on their pregnancies....

  • Ethiopia’s Game-Changing Abortion Law

    After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. Stopping short of legalizing abortion, the new law decriminalized the act. It also...

  • Inside Ethiopia’s Abortion Clinics

    Khadija, 29, was a domestic worker in Bahrain when she was raped in circumstances she preferred not to replay. She became pregnant, and by June it began to show. She knew then she had to go. Desperate, Khadija (who declined to have her real name used) called a friend back home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, who told...

  • Brazil’s Abortion Nightmare: Why One Desperate Woman Lied About Rape

    Photo: Conrado Tramontini / Getty Part 1: Unwanted When her home pregnancy test came back positive last August, Juliana panicked. “I saw all of my dreams being destroyed,” she recalled in Portuguese. “And I saw my family pointing at me and saying that I was a failure.” The 20-year-old college student — who asked not to be...

  • To Get an Abortion in Brazil, I Had to Lie and Say I Was Raped

    Though more than a million abortions are performed in Brazil every year, almost all of them are illegal. Some are performed in illicit clinics by practitioners of varying skills, and some are performed at home by the women themselves, often with drugs obtained over the Internet or on the black market. Brazil’s universal health system means...

  • Abortion Ship to Dock in Morocco to Publicize Safety

    An "abortion ship" was set to arrive in Smir today, its first time in a Muslim country, to kick off a campaign to promote safe medication for abortions in a country where hundreds of women are said to undergo an illegal form of the procedure daily. The ship, and its related campaign, is being organized by the Dutch group...

  • Africa’s Abortion-Rights Breakthrough

    We weren’t officially there to talk about abortion, but I asked the four Kenyan women in a Laikipia health clinic anyway. Did any of them have friends who had died of illegal abortions? Three out of the four said they did. What, if anything, did they think needed to be done? The oldest woman had already fiercely...