Nicaragua: “pro-life” a cruel misnomer
A woman in Nicaragua has a pregnancy growing inside her. She also has cancer growing inside her. Who or which is more important? Shocking the world, the answer has been that both the cancer and the pregnancy are more important than the woman, who is bound to fall gravely ill or possibly lose her life at the expense of both.
You may have heard by now about this case in Nicaragua being heard around the world. In Nicaragua is illegal and criminalized under ALL circumstances, and the consequences of this oppressive law have been devastating for women. This case is about a single women, but it’s also about the human rights of all women.
Back in July I posted about Nicaragua’s total abortion ban, which was enacted in 2006. Amnesty International released a report this summer, publicly condemning Nicaragua’s failure to protect the human rights of women with such a law.
Michelle Goldberg, author of The Means of Reproduction, (which I highly recommend, btw) has an excellent piece in the American Prospect on this issue. As Goldberg points out, this alarming trend toward human rights abuses of women is neither new or suprising. And we are seeing it happen elsewhere.
Just last week we learned that, most likely, Kenya will have a clause in its new constitution codifying that life begins at conception. So what happens when a Kenyan woman with cancer gets pregnant then, hm?
Let’s hope the international media surrounding this tragic case will be about more than just sensationalizing abortion…it will be about the human rights of one woman and the human rights of all women, and galvanized momentum to push change in a big way.