Syria – Despite risks, Women resort to unsafe abortions in Idlib

Enab Baladi

Women in Idlib province face societal difficulties and pressures when they decide to undergo an abortion. These pressures come from relatives, neighbors, and even doctors, despite the woman’s need for the procedure in some cases.

Some believe that abortion is religiously forbidden in Islam and other religions, and this applies not only to Idlib but to many countries that criminalize such operations, considering it as taking a life.


U.S. Policy Prevents Women Who Are Raped By ISIS From Accessing Abortion

November 1, 2016, New York Times

Eleven-year-old “Asima” was marked with scars from daily whippings and rapes following her first 20 days as an ISIS sex slave. When ISIS returned her for a few days to her grandmother, also in captivity, she wept and shook, unable to speak.

Then the slavers came back to take Asima again. Her grandmother begged them: She’s so small! Just leave her!

ISIS took her anyway. Asima hasn’t been seen since.

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Source: New York Times