The Choice Between Life-Saving Abortion Care and Prison

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What would you do if you had to choose between a life-saving abortion and prison?

That's the decision women will be forced to make if anti-choice groups are successful in their goal to ban abortion regardless of a woman's personal situation or heartbreaking circumstance.

Anti-choice organizations across the country spend countless efforts and resources fighting for policies that would ban abortion without exceptions for rape, incest, and a woman's health and safety. And if they're successful, any woman could be forced to choose between her life and her freedom.

Abortion bans have already been passed in North Dakota and Arkansas.

Policies that ban abortion care with no exceptions endanger women's lives and force them to make impossible decisions at the hands of extreme anti-choice politicians.

In El Salvador, where abortion is illegal in all cases, one woman will be forced to choose between life-saving abortion care and time in prison.

According to Salon:

"The 22-year-old mother of one, identified only as Beatriz, is four-and-a-half months pregnant, but her doctors have confirmed that the fetus has anencephaly (developing without a brain and certain parts of the skull) and that the pregnancy [may face a tragic outcome]. In addition to the diagnosis [of a fetal anomaly], Beatriz is experiencing critical health complications related to her lupus and kidney disease."

The hospital treating Beatriz has requested that the government grant permission for life-saving abortion care, but so far, no permission has been granted.

That's why it's so important to make sure all women have access to safe, legal reproductive-health care and abortion services. Our lives may depend on it.

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