By Akola Thompson
July 1, 2022
If you are interested in world affairs, you might be familiar with the saying, “when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.” The reality of this will be felt as the US moves forward with abortion rights being repealed in states across the country. Restrictions to abortion rights in the US has already had an impact in Guyana over the years, through restrictions of services and funding that have sought to expand abortion access in Guyana. Restricting access to abortions however, does not stop abortions, but drives it underground, making it unsafe.
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A few weeks ago, I participated in a Safe Abortions Advocacy session held by the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. Led by Sherlina Nageer, I found the session particularly informative on the various ways unsafe abortions are promoted due to dangerous cultural attitudes, economic circumstances and limited to no access to services and information.
Abortion has been legal in Guyana since 1995 with the passing of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The Act permits abortion for any reason during the first eight weeks of pregnancy once done by a licensed medical practitioner.
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An estimated 6.5 million abortions take place across Latin America each year. Three-quarters of these procedures are unlawful, often performed in unsafe illegal clinics or at home.
Of 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana permit elective abortions. Women also have the right to choose in Mexico City. Elsewhere, however, the right to an abortion is severely restricted, with terminations often permitted in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother. Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Suriname all have a complete ban on abortion.