Woman dies after doctors fail to intervene because of new abortion law in Nicaragua

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1037
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1Managua, Nicaragua

A hospital in Nicaragua is investigating the death of a woman after doctors failed to intervene to save her life during complications in pregnancy.

It is suspected that doctors did not dare to carry out an abortion because a new law has been approved that bans all forms of abortion, whether a woman has been raped or risks death during pregnancy.

Under the law, women who terminate their pregnancies and doctors who carry out abortions will face up to 20 years in jail. Although the law has yet to be signed into effect by the country's conservative president, the fear …

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