In the hands of untrained practitioners, an already difficult choice comes with potentially deadly consequences
BY SHAZIA MEHBOOB TANOLI
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 16, 2022
“Fear, pressure, and pain of abortion were much more than giving birth to a child”, says Hareem, who had an induced abortion at a health care facility in Rawalpindi. Although it was her second baby, she had to abort her six-week-old pregnancy because of the baby’s abnormal growth. Recalling her experience of abortion, she says, “It was as though everything from inside me was being wrenched out in the form of blood and pieces. It took me weeks to recover physically and mentally.”
Hareem was treated in a quality health care facility, yet her recovery took weeks. That is why it is hard to imagine Safina’s experience who did not have access to a good and safe medical service and suffered the pain of abortion at the hands of an untrained midwife.