What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned
Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division
June 10, 2019
As Republicans in states around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination.
Women and girls across Latin America are already living in places where abortion is heavily restricted or completely banned. In the past year, I’ve done research for Human Rights Watch in two countries that ban abortion completely, without any exceptions, even if the woman’s life is in danger.
Brazil’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Abortion
By Manuela Andreoni and Ernesto Londoño
Aug. 3, 2018
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PETRÓPOLIS, Brazil — For three days after she had an illegal abortion, Ingriane Barbosa Carvalho hemorrhaged in silence. Even as she writhed in pain, and an infection caused by the botched procedure spread, Ms. Carvalho insisted to relatives she was just nursing a stomach bug.
By the time she sought medical help, it was too late. Ms. Carvalho, a 31-year-old mother of three, died seven days later.
Brazil Is Reconsidering Its Bullshit Abortion Laws
Aug 3, 2018
Ingriane Barbosa Carvalho, a 31-year-old mother of three in Brazil, died two months ago after an underground abortion went wrong—due to her country’s strict abortion laws that have been in place for the past 78 years.
Her story is not uncommon, but it has shed light on the reality of not providing women with the legal protection and necessary resources to obtain safe abortions should they need to do so: they will find a way to get it anyway, and more people will suffer in the process. According to The New York Times, Brazil’s supreme court may be realizing that as well.
Brazil Death Signals Need for Abortion Reform
Court Case Challenges Strict Laws
Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division MargaretWurth
July 26, 2018
Ingriane Barbosa Carvalho, a mother of three in her early 30s, died two months ago in Brazil. The medical examiner’s report states that she died of complications from an unsafe abortion, and the story made headlines last week when the provider was arrested. Carvalho is one of the casualties of Brazil’s harsh abortion law.
A case currently before the Supreme Court could expand access to abortion in Brazil. On August 3 and 6, experts from all over the world, including Human Rights Watch, will testify in the case, which challenges the criminalization of abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.