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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011
All forms of abortion have been criminalized in Nicaragua since July 2008.
Women and girls who seek an abortion, even those pregnant as a result of rape or those whose lives or health are in danger if the pregnancy continues, now face long prison sentences.
The law also leaves women and girls who have suffered a spontaneous miscarriage vulnerable to prosecution, since they may be wrongly suspected of having induced an abortion. By banning access to abortion services to victims of sexual violence, the law condemns all pregnant rape victims, even those who are still children themselves, to carry such pregnancies to term regardless of their wishes or the risks to their physical or mental wellbeing.