Many of you will remember the story of Delma Rosa Gómez López, more famously known by her pseudonym in the news – “Amalia.” Her case received international attention in 2010 after she was denied treatment for her cancer because she was pregnant and lived in Nicaragua where abortion – or any medical procedure that could cause abortion – is banned in all circumstances. Delma Rosa ultimately died, leaving behind a daughter and husband who loved her.

This #Sept28, we honor the memory and raise up the voices of Delma Rosa and the thousands of other women in similar circumstances. Please watch this clip from the film A Quiet Inquisition, which features the only known film interview of Delma Rosa. This is her story in her words.

Too often abortion is considered a crime with heavy penalties, including imprisonment, for women and healthcare providers. We need your help urging the United States to join the nearly 60 countries around to world in standing up for global sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to safe, legal abortion.

Check out our video featuring global leaders who believe abortion is a right, not a crime.

Criminal abortion laws hurt women and their families.

Helena, who lives in extreme poverty with her young daughter, was raped and became pregnant. When she sought treatment at the hospital for the severe complications of her self-induced abortion, the doctor reported her to police. Because of the stigma surrounding abortion in Bolivia, Helena never told her family what happened; she explained her 8-month absence by saying she was away working in Argentina.

Read more about Helena and similar cases: www.ipas.org/abortionisnotacrime

In places where abortion is a crime, women who are young are at greater risk of resorting to unsafe abortion, and consequently being arrested.

In 2013, a 17-year-old student in Rwanda became pregnant and later took pills in her school bathroom to induce an abortion. The school administration discovered she was suffering abortion complications and reported her to police. Afraid her school would expel her, she didn’t report that she had become pregnant at age 17 (she was now 18), which would have legally exempt her from prosecution on grounds of statutory rape. She pleaded guilty and received a sentence of one year in prison.

At the end of August, Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz, a 27-year-old women living in Rio de Janeiro, decided to end her pregnancy. Abortion is illegal except in rare cases in Brazil, but a friend gave her the name of a clandestine provider, and she agreed to pay the equivalent of U.S. $2,200 for the procedure. On August 26, Cruz, who had no other information other than a card with the doctor’s name and phone number, met a stranger in the bus station who was supposed to drive her to the clinic. Her ex-husband was the last person to see her when he dropped her off in the morning; when he went to pick her up in the afternoon, she had not returned. She has not been found since.

Beatriz Galli in her article “Brazil’s Criminal Abortion Laws Are Killing Women” (via rhrealitycheck)

Reblogged from rhrealitycheck

When abortion is a crime, some health-care providers risk arrest in order to help women in need.

Analia was arrested and spent more than a year under threat of criminal prosecution because she had prescribed misoprostol—a medical drug recommended by the World Health Organization to end a pregnancy—to a pregnant 12-year-old girl who made it clear she intended to have an abortion at any cost.

Read more about Analia and similar cases: www.ipas.org/abortionisnotacrime