The Coerced Pregnancies of Brazilian Women
As cases of Zika infection and newborn microcephaly have exploded in heavily Catholic and evangelical Brazil, the country’s tough abortion laws—preventing the procedure except in cases of rape, maternal health endangerment, and child inviability—have come back into the international spotlight. Legislators have proposed the possible prison sentence for women who undergo an abortion from one to three years to four-and-a-half for women who abort because of detected microcephaly, with doctors facing up to 15 years. Brazil’s class divide has exacerbated healthcare restrictions, constraining women of less means to life-threatening procedures (including black market pills, Internet-advised intervention, acid injections, and self-attempted extraction) while wealthy women enjoy access to overseas healthcare and hidden networks of clinics and doctors. Vocativ takes a look at the dire straits Brazilian women seeking an abortion find themselves in and attempts to gain reproductive rights.
“From Sketchy Pills To Upscale Clinics: Illegal Abortion In Brazil” (Vocativ)
“Brazilian Legislators Look to Increase Abortion Penalties in the Wake of Zika Outbreak” (TIME)
“Illegal abortions claim lives of Brazilian women” (Reuters)
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