In 2006 new law went into effect in Nicaragua. It banned and criminalized any termination of a live pregnancy. As the law currently stand 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 five 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.