[QODLink]
Americas
Nicaraguan abortion law under fire
Protesters take to the streets after pregnant woman with cancer is denied treatment.
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2010 03:42 GMT



The Central American nation of Nicaragua is one of a handful of countries with a complete ban on abortion.

Under the law, any medical procedure is banned if it jeopardises the life of the fetus, even if the procedure is meant to save the mother's life.

But protesters are now calling on the government to reverse the law after a 27-year-old pregnant woman with cancer said she was told she could not have an aggressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment because it would harm her baby.

Ricardo Castillo reports from Managua.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Russia is expected to be the main topic of the two-day NATO summit this week in Wales.
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
join our mailing list