'I was given photos of the foetus': abortion stigma lingers in pioneering Uruguay
The country has much to celebrate as Latin America’s most progressive on reproductive rights, but the process of getting a termination can still be long and stressful
Elizabeth Sulis Kim in Montevideo and Salto
Wed 10 Oct 2018
Juana Fernandez* was a university student and in the first few months of a new relationship when she discovered she was pregnant.
She was not ready to become a mother in her early 20s, so Fernandez, from Montevideo, decided to have an abortion. At that time, abortion was illegal in Uruguay so she was forced to undergo a clandestine termination. It was a stressful time.