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Nicaragua’s abortion ban criminalises doctors and endangers lives of women, says report

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3075
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    Doctors in Nicaragua face imprisonment and loss of their licence to practise if they provide pregnant women with therapeutic abortions or with treatment for an unrelated condition that harms their unborn baby, a new report from Amnesty International says.

    The report says that the lives and health of women and girls are being placed at serious risk after the country imposed a complete ban on all abortions in the country a year ago.

    The new law, which was opposed by 21 Nicaraguan medical associations, means that women face imprisonment for seeking an abortion even if their pregnancy puts their life …

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