Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

In the news … Nicaragua and UK

Posted on: January 15, 2009

There was a very interesting and saddening item on Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) yesterday.  Two years ago Nicaragua’s parliament introduced a blanket ban on abortion, making it a crime for a woman to end a pregnancy or have what is called a therapeutic abortion, there are no exceptions for victims of rape and incest or even when a woman’s life is in danger.

The programme can be heard at

I really don’t want to get into an abortion debate – we all have our own opinion, and as a midwife my professional stance has to be that it is a personal decision and my job is to support a woman in her choices, however the programme made for difficult listening when I heard of (probably) hundreds of young women dying from pregnancy related conditions.

Also in the news this week was the sad story of a woman who died as a result of a brain haemorrhage.  The woman was 25 weeks pregnant and although she was “brain dead” the doctors managed to keep her artificially ventilated until they were able to perform a caesarean section to deliver her baby daughter.


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