Publication Date

2009

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker

Abstract

Legislation passed in October of 2006 by Nicaragua‘s National Assembly criminalized ―therapeutic abortion,‖ the termination of a pregnancy when it is necessary to save the life or health of a woman or girl. As a result, over 100 women have died. A coalition of Nicaraguan NGOs, the Strategic Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion, has come together to campaign for the reinstatement of legal access to therapeutic abortion. This paper investigates and evaluates the Strategic Group‘s policy advocacy work, providing a detailed look at the context and impact of the therapeutic abortion ban and an analysis of the current Nicaraguan political system and its actors.

Disciplines

Maternal and Child Health | Social Policy

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