Argentina bans abortion in most cases. So why is its abortion rate far higher than that of the U.S.?
By Sarah Parvini
Oct 29, 2017
The woman stumbled into a public hospital late one night, her stomach turning as she approached the lobby. She was bleeding.
Dr. Damian Levy ushered her into a room. Like many of his patients at Hospital Alvarez in Buenos Aires, she was young and poor. At first, she refused to tell him why she was there.
Then she burst into a tearful confession. She had tried to perform her own abortion at home and used 40 tablets of the drug misoprostol — nearly three times the suggested dosage for inducing a miscarriage. She was worried that the hospital would report her to police.