The Consequences of Not Legalizing Abortion in Latin American Countries

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In 1988, according to the Pan American Health Organization, abortion was declared Latin America's leading cause of pregnancy-related mortality. Nearly two decades later a solution has not been found to the increasing deaths of Latin American women. In Latin America, there are restrictive laws on reproductive rights because abortion and contraceptives are considered immoral by the Catholic Church. Catholicism has dominated the region politically and socially since colonial times. Despite illegality, the abortion rate in Latin America is higher than all of Western Europe and the United States, where abortion is legal under all circumstances. By denying women reproductive rights, governments are denying them of human rights. Abortion is illegal under all circumstances in four Latin American countries: Chile, Nicaragua, Colombia, and El Salvador. Restrictive laws on abortion present various problems for women in the region. Women who are faced with unwanted pregnancies do not have the option to decide whether they are mentally, physically, or economically stable enough to support a child because of government restrictions on reproductive rights as well as pressures put on them by men to fulfill their duty as mothers. Lack of contraceptives in poor areas, coupled with minimal or no sex education, makes it nearly impossible for women to control pregnancies. As a result, women resort to back street clandestine abortions performed by unlicensed and often unskilled

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