Illegal abortions main cause of death for young Latin American women
Story and video on AlJazeera, April 12, 2011
Today, illegal abortions are the leading cause of death among young women in Latin America.
Whether they are performed in major cities or in the isolated countryside, these ‘back room’ abortions are leaving thousands of young women dead each year.
Guatemala has the highest fertility rate among women and yet it remains the poorest country in the region where women can ill afford large families.
Unwanted pregnancies, coupled with the forces of tradition and politics, leave few options for these families.
Filmmaker Greg Brosnan documents the work of an activist and the medical team she leads, looking at the question of family planning, which many see as the right to life.