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Nicaragua Abortion Law Leaves Women and Doctors With No Options

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Posted on Nov 20, 2006

Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger.  Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term.

NYT:
Nicaragua Eliminates Last Exception to Strict Anti-Abortion Law
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 19—Hopes among women’s groups in Nicaragua that President Enrique Bolaos would stop one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Latin America from taking effect have been dashed, as the president signed it into law late Friday.

Abortion has been illegal in Nicaragua for more than a century, and most women who decide to end unwanted pregnancies seek procedures at underground clinics. But the new law strikes out a clause that made it possible for a woman to obtain an abortion legally when three doctors certified that unless she did, her own life would be in danger.

For months, the proposed law has drawn fierce criticism from several local women’s groups, the country’s association of gynecologists, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and Human Rights Watch, among others.
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L.A. Times from 10/26/2006 (before law was passed):
“The worst message of this proposed law is that the lives of women don’t matter to this president, or to the government or the church,” said Marta Maria Blandon, Central American director of Ipas, a U.S.-based reproductive rights group.

Ipas estimates that 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year, many under unsafe conditions. Only 24 abortions authorized by law have been performed in the country in the last three years.

In 2003, a 9-year-old rape victim received an abortion under the current law’s provisions.
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By Maire, November 20, 2006 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment
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Mariam, marry me? Please? We have those civil unions in New Jersey now, yanno, because we’re awesome like that.

Let’s start a fund for sextoys for women in these repressive countries. Cuts out the need for the harmful dick. :D

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By Kevin, November 20, 2006 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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I’m with you, Granny.

In the case of a pregnancy, the “choice” occurs PRIOR to conception. Planned Parenthood will tell you only a tiny fraction of 1% all pregnancies result from rape or incest. So in over 99% of all pregnancies, a woman’s choice precedes conception.

Women used to be intelligent enough to realize that they control all world population by saying “yes” or “no.” How much more power can you have?

Don’t they know that anymore?

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By Steven Ertelt, November 20, 2006 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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For more on the Nicaragua abortion ban, see http://www.LifeNews.com/int109.html

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By Spinoza, November 20, 2006 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Abolish right wingers from the planet.

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By Annik, November 20, 2006 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Why are people so controlling, brutal and cruel. We get it: you’re the boss. Now stop being mean..

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, November 20, 2006 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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LADIES…..ALL OVER THE WORLD…..

THE ONLY ANSWER TO LAWS THAT DISREGARD THE WELL-BEING OF WOMEN IS…

JUST SAY NO…...WHY SHOULD YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF HUSBAND OR BOYFRIEND, AND TO SATISFY CHURCH, GOVERNMENT, OR WHOEVER? YOU ARE GOING TO END UP EITHER DEAD OR THE PRISONER OF TOO MANY CHILDREN FOR WHOM YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY HELP FROM SAID HUSBAND, BOYFRIEND, CHURCH, GOVERNMENT. YOU WILL BE PRIVILEGDED TO WATCH THE LUCKY ONES EITHER STARVE TO DEATH OR DIE OF SOME PREVENTABLE DISEASE, OR THE UNLUCKY ONES GROW UP IN A WORLD THAT CANNOT SUPPORT THEM, WITH NO EDUCATION AND NO HOPE.

SAYING NO IS EASY COMPARED TO THAT, AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.

LOVE, GRANNY

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