Sunday, February 27, 2005

Abortion Laws, Honduras and Term Papers

Many students wrote a term paper on the topic of abortion but how many of them actually know what the current abortion laws are in Honduras? Some who argued that abortion should be illegal perhaps did not know that it already. In such a case they should argue that it should remain illegal.

This website gives a brief description of various country's abortion laws. In Honduras, abortion is illegal in all cases except when the life the mother is in danger. In neighboring Nicaragua, a case involving the rape of a nine year old girl has caused much debate. From the BBC...

Abortion ruling splits Nicaragua

By the BBC's Nick Miles
Central America correspondent

The Nicaraguan authorities say that the parents and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who received an abortion two weeks ago will not face criminal charges.

The girl, who became pregnant after being raped, received an abortion in a private clinic - an operation that the health minister considered a crime.

But the Nicaraguan Attorney General, Maria del Carmen Solorzano, said the abortion did not break any laws because it was carried out to save the life of the girl.

Child protester
Child protester

The family was supported by women's and children's groups
This is a case that has brought Nicaragua's stringent abortion laws into the spotlight.

They only allow abortions when the mother's life is in danger, or when the foetus has severe deformities.

It's the type of law that is common across much of Catholic Latin America.

A panel of three doctors was set up two weeks ago to decide whether the nine-year-old girl, known only as Rosa, could legally have an abortion.

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