In August of 2018, the Argentine Senate stood down a bill that would aid in women getting a safe abortion before their 14th week of pregnancy. A week after the proposal faced rejection, a woman dies because of an infection following her own attempt to terminate her pregnancy. Every year in Argentina alone, there are over 40 women who die because of their efforts to terminate their pregnancy, illegally. There are women around the world who are posed with the same unsafe risks when the law forbids them from doing as they please with their bodies.
In the US, super court justices that are due to take up offices are against abortion and women are beginning to get nervous about their circumstances. A stricter law concerning abortions in the US would mean that women in the USA would fall at the same fate as the Argentine women. Countries that do not allow women to end their pregnancies because of personal circumstances are putting their economic and social conditions at risk. As fatalities rise, the question about women’s rights become a huge question that needed addressing.
Many women who do not suffer a fatality due to an illegal abortion, they suffer dire consequences. There is more suffering that is endured by a woman who is forced to have a child that she cannot afford to bring into the world. As a result, children are also susceptible to grow in an environment that is not best suited for their upbringing. The cycle is non-reversible, and the aid is non-existent. Not all abortions, legal or illegal, end in a fatality. The legality of an abortion does not stop the number of abortions that occur per year either.
There is some leeway given to women who have ectopic pregnancies, chemotherapy-related abortions, and teen pregnancies. While these are genuine causes for countries to provide a legal abortion to women, the quest remains for women who choose to end their pregnancy because of other reasons that do not fall under the three categories. Countries that ban abortions even ask hospitals to report illegal abortions to the police when they happen. It proved that women who are from more destitute circumstances are susceptible to taking up an abortion. The suffering of a woman who is curbed by the law to stop her pregnancy is more than a legal issue; it is an emotional, psychological, economic and financial one too.
In Brazil where over 250,000 women are hospitalized every year for abortion-related complications, a dangerous situation is brewing. The family’s financial state has a lot to play in these abortions. 200,000 of the women who are hospitalized even die, which should be a concern to the government to lift the ban. Perhaps the truth about the 200,000 marks is severely underplayed that the government is not looking at it with urgency. Take into consideration, families that struggle to make ends meet, their need to report a death caused by abortions stay hidden. Therefore, the number of cases is higher than what is said. When a fatality is on the cards at high rates at this abortion should be a woman’s right. After all, the lives and well-being of families are on the line.