/ 2016 / Press / Political

Nicaraguan abortion law

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Political
  • Photographer
    Anna Tärnhuvud

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.

Awards Nominated to Joop Swart masterclass, in World press photo, year 2015 and 2016 1st price Picture of the year Sweden, category Documentary stories, 2014 1st price Picture of the year Sweden, category Feature, 2014 Rookie of the year, Picture of the year, Sweden 2014