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In Costa Rica, access to safe and legal abortion is permitted when a woman’s life and health are at risk.

Yet women like our clients Ana and Aurora have been forced to carry their pregnancies to term, even when they were told the fetus would not survive. As a result, they suffered irrecoverable damage to their physical and mental well-being.

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To: President Luis Guillermo Solís,

We are writing to express our support for the implementation of clear regulations and guidelines for health care professionals in Costa Rica to ensure women’s access to therapeutic abortion. For almost 50 years, women in Costa Rica have been denied their legal right to abortion care when their life and health were at risk.

Ana and Aurora are two of these women.

Aurora was told that her fetus would not survive pregnancy. Yet despite a steep decline in Aurora’s physical and mental health, doctors refused her access to a therapeutic abortion. She was forced to continue to carry the pregnancy, which only magnified her pain and suffering. She went into early labor and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section. The baby was delivered stillborn.

Ana was denied abortion care after doctors informed her that she was carrying a fetus with anencephaly, a fatal diagnosis that means the fetus has no brain. She was forced to continue with the pregnancy and suffered mistreatment from medical staff while at a public hospital, causing her to fall into a deep depression. She was denied a cesarean section, and forced to undergo seven hours of painful labor, delivering a stillborn. Today, Ana still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic gastrointestinal issues from being forced to endure the pregnancy complications. The injuries forced her to leave her job and career.

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Unspeakable Cruelty
Unspeakable Cruelty

"A piece of my soul died when I found out that my pregnancy was unviable. I hope no one suffers like I did."