[Marxism] Fwd: As Women Die from Illegal Abortions in Brazil, Presidential Candidates Remain Silent | VICE News

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 26 07:56:02 MDT 2014

Figures from the Brazilian Ministry of Health indicate that more than 
200,000 women go to hospitals every year with complications following 
abortions. Many of these women die — punctured wombs and infections are 
among the common causes of death — and many others don't seek help at 
all, fearing arrest. Brazil's Federal Council of Medicine says abortions 
are the fifth-highest cause of maternal mortality.

As with many restrictive laws, the degree of risk falls along class and 
race lines. Women who cannot afford to get an abortion, whether abroad 
or domestically, are disproportionately poor and black. Members of those 
groups also have limited access to contraception and sex education. Ipas 
notes that low-income Afro-Brazilian women die from abortions at three 
times the rate of white women.


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