For me, the biggest problem with denying women access to safe, legal abortion is in the terrible risk to their health it presents. And the realisation (which sneaks up to put you ‘back in your place’ when you occasionally forget it), that despite warm words to the contrary, your value to society is really quite low.
But rarely do you see so stark an example of how little female life is valued relative to its reproductive potential as this case, reported by Abortion Rights:
The reality of Nicaragua’s total ban on abortion was starkly revealed yesterday as Amnesty International reported that a 27 year old woman, known only as ‘Amalia’ who is suffering from cancer, is being denied medical treatment for her condition because she is 10 weeks pregnant. ‘Amalia’ was diagnosed with cancer on 2nd February, and it is feared that her cancer may have already spread to her brain, lungs and breasts. Her doctors have advised that she requires urgent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment but have refused to initiate these because they may cause unintentional harm to the foetus.