Nicaragua is one of few countries in the world where abortion is illegal. In 2006 the law became even stricter and therapeutic abortion was banned when the government made an agreement with the Catholic church. Since then a pregnancy can no longer be terminated even if the woman's life is at risk or the fetus is severely deformed. Since the law passed the number of girls between the ages of 10 -14 who are forced to give birth has increased with 48 percent. Young girls and women who are in desperate need of an abortion have no other choice than to put their health and safety at risk through illegal abortion clinics. These pregnancies are often a result of sexual violence.