Stories: Reproductive Rights

  • 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...

  • Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

    A newborn lies in an incubator at the Perinatal Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after birth via cesarean section. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication, and Borges wanted to follow her example. But...

  • Experts Slam Brazil’s C-Section as Protest Intensifies

    Women’s rights activists on Friday held demonstrations across Brazil and in the country’s embassies in various capitals to demand the right to reproductive health choice. The protest rallies were called following what the protestors say is a forced Caesarean section (C-section) on a 30-year-old woman in the country. Brazil has one of the world&rsquo...

  • Commercial Surrogacy: Choice and Health

    Being pregnant comes with its advantages. One of these is that a healthy amount of pampering is expected and endured. Pregnant women can put their feet up more than usual, or at least that’s how it should be, how we want it to be. Because for most of us, this is supposed to be (at least ideally, at...

  • 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...

  • Es geht nach Kenia!

    Read an English translation. Ab Sonntag wird es hier an dieser Stelle eine ganz besondere „Aus­lands­korrespondenz“ geben. Für zehn Tage werde ich, Charlott von Afrika Wissen Schaft, in Kenia verweilen und von dort aus den einen oder anderen Text verfassen. Eingeladen hat das International Reporting Project. Neben mir werden elf weitere Blogger...