Sunday, November 11, 2007

Olga Reyes Victim of Nicaraguan Anti-Abortion Policy

Another woman has died because of Nicaragua's anti-abortion policy.

Two weeks after Olga Reyes danced at her wedding, her bloated and disfigured body was laid to rest in an open coffin — the victim, her husband and some experts say, of Nicaragua's new no-exceptions ban on abortion.

Reyes, a 22-year-old law student, suffered an ectopic pregnancy. The fetus develops outside the uterus, cannot survive and causes bleeding that endangers the mother. But doctors seemed afraid to treat her because of the anti-abortion law, said husband Agustin Perez. By the time they took action, it was too late.

Raw Story has a video report of Olga Reyes' tragic story.

It goes without saying that this is horrible medical policy. Daniel Ortega needs the Catholic Church to stay in power. In the short term more women will die. Nicaraguans will eventually get angry about young women dying and overturn the policy. The anti-choice movement will lose. It will come at the cost of the health and safety of thousands of women.

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