Abortion is allowed in Brazil ...
Once a person has money to pay for it. If the woman is poor, however, must prove that she was raped or being near to death to have access to it. As a result, millions of teenagers and mothers who became pregnant unintentionally resort to clandestine abortions annually.
The technique of such abortions is generally based on the principle of infection: the "manager" introduces a knitting needle or a probe through the hole in the cervix and pierces the pouch of fluid in which the embryo is immersed. Quickly, the vaginal bacteria invade the embryo unprotected. The infection causes the uterus to contract and remove its contents.
The procedure is painful and prone to serious complications, because the uterus can not always get rid of all embryonic tissues. The membranes lining the pouch of liquid are especially difficult to remove. Their persistence in the uterine cavity serves as a breeding ground for bacteria which rise through the vagina, causing bleeding, fever, toxemia.
The presence of septicemia resulting from infected debris in the uterine cavity is frequent cause of death among Brazilian women of childbearing age. if we count only the cases of teenagers attended by SUS - Unified Health System - for treatment of complications of abortions from 1993 to 1998, the number exceeded 50 thousand. Among them, 3,000 girls from ten to fourteen years.
There is no moral or philosophical principles that justify the suffering and death of so many girls and mothers from low-income families in Brazil. It's easy to ban abortion, while we expect the consensus of all Brazilians about the moment when the soul settles into a cluster of embryonic cells, where the daughters and the other women are dying.
Lawmakers need to abandon the stillness and face abortion as a major public health problem that requires urgent solution.