Photographer Anna Tärnhuvud is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From her project ‘Nicaragua Abortion Law‘. To see Anna’s body of work click on any photograph.
Collaborating Reporter – Frida Svensson
“I will fight for this law to change, I will never stay quite”
Abortion is illegal in Nicaragua. In 2006 the law became stricter and therapeutic abortion was banned when the government made an agreement with the Catholic Church. 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 by 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.
The risk of dying during pregnancy doubles for women under 19 years of age and quadruple for girls younger than 15, explains a Gynecologist in Managua. Being pregnant as a child can have major consequences, both physical, mental and social.
“I think of it every day. It feels like God is punishing me for what I did”
“When I became pregnant, he didn’t want anything to do with me or the baby.”