ABOUT THE FILM
At a public hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, an OBGYN Doctor struggles with her conscience as she contends with the harrowing implications of a new law that prevents the termination of any pregnancy, even when a woman’s life is at stake. As the Doctor and her colleagues navigate the fears of prosecution and whether to the use medical protocols that enable them to save lives, the drama of the deadly impact of this law emerges, illuminating the reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious and historically complex national identity.
The law was putwent into effect in Nicaragua in 2006. For 130 years previous to the law, abortions and terminations of pregnancies were legal for medical and health basis. As the new law currently stands it does not allow a single exception for a legal abortion - not in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is at risk. Nicaragua was following the trajectory of punitive laws passed a decade earlier in neighboring El Salvador. Currently Nicaragua is one of only a few countries in the world to have such severe restrictions.
We aim to highlight the issues at stake in regards to reproductive rights, and its impact of maternal health and the autonomy of doctor's to make medical decisions. Though the story is centered in Nicaragua, the issue and its repercussions and debates crosses borders.