‘I am a criminal. What is my crime?’: the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

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'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise

Sune Engel Rasmussen and Fatima Faizi in Kabul
Wednesday 26 April 2017

As a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed.

“For a week, I was in shock. If my husband’s family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,” Maryam said.

So she acted promptly. She found a midwife willing to perform a surgical abortion, selling jewellery from her dowry to raise the required 250,000 afghanis (£2,900).

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/apr/26/human-toll-abortion-afghanistan