Nicaraguan Women Gather Once Again to Demand Their Right to Life
International Women’s Day Managua, Nicaragua March 8, 2007
On March 8, 2007, in honor of International Women’s Day, over two thousand women from across Nicaragua gathered in Managua to protest a total ban on abortion, in place since November 2006. The following images are of the women who marched, and the men who marched with them. These are the women — old, young, rural, urban, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and granddaughters — who feel the ban’s chilling effects every day.
Women arrived in buses from across Nicaragua to march to the Supreme Court in Managua.
For the lives of women, girls, and adolescents: Yes to therapeutic abortion
Delegations from the Caribbean coast And from the northern highlands
Rural women demand the right to life: Yes to therapeutic abortion.
Criminalization of therapeutic abortion is unconstitutional, immoral, and inhuman.
Julieta Violeta Miranda, whose 36-year-old daughter, Julieta Violeta Bonilla Miranda, died last week as a result of a high-risk pregnancy, has yet to receive an explanation from her daughter’s doctors. Her daughter—a single mother—left three children.
Sharing with pleasure and without risk: Sexuality education is my right.
I am: autonomous of conscience, intelligent, tolerant, laic, power, strength, courage, life.
The Nicaraguan Ministry of Health reports that 24 Nicaraguan women have died from pregnancy-related complications in 2007 alone. Twenty-five petitions challenging the constitutionality of Nicaragua’s abortion ban have been brought before the Supreme Court since January. The Court is currently deciding whether or not to accept them.
All photos by Andrea Lynch and Fidealeyda Ávalos