MADRE Statements

Call on Nicaragua to Allow Cancer Patient a Therapeutic Abortion

Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Keywords: Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean

Since October 2006, women in Nicaragua have been denied the right to an abortion, even in cases where pregnancy puts a woman's life at risk.

Amelia, a 27-year-old Nicaraguan woman and the mother of a 10-year-old child, has cancer. Despite the fact that she needs to undergo treatment immediately, she was denied a therapeutic abortion.

MADRE was part of a coalition of US-based and Nicaraguan organizations that prepared an international legal challenge to Nicaragua's abortion ban. As a result of this challenge the government of Nicaragua has been asked to review the law banning abortion.

MADRE joins the Strategic Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion in Nicaragua and calls for Nicaraguan authorities to reverse their decision in Amelia's case.

Write the president of the Inter-American Commission, Luz Patricia Mejia Guerrero (, and the Commissioner on Nicaragua, Felipe Gonzalez (



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