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Abortion Politics in Argentina: Post Abortion Medical Care & Women's Health Activism

Nadia Berenstein

Thursday, May 10, 2007
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Dodd Hall #221A
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Nadia Berenstein will be speaking about an underreported but critical consequence of illegal abortion: the urgent need for post-abortion care.  It's almost self-evident that in countries where abortion is outlawed, some women will go to great lengths and put themselves in real danger to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. And although abortion is among the safest medical procedures in countries where it is legal, the WHO estimates that up to fifty percent of women need of medical care after an illegal abortion.  But -- especially in Latin American countries with developing economies or large rural or migrant populations -- compassionate medical care may not be so easy to come by.  Focusing on the example of Argentina, Nadia will discuss the threats, neglect, shame, and cruelty that some women encounter when they seek medical care after an illegal abortion, and how activists and law-makers are working to change this.

Nadia Berenstein is a writer and speechwriter living in Brooklyn. After a two-year stint as chief speechwriter for the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she moved to Buenos Aires, where she reported on abortion rights and family planning policies for Planned Parenthood's Choice! Magazine.  She has written on a variety of topics relating to women's reproductive health both nationally and internationally, and is authoring a forthcoming blog series for Reproductive Health Reality Check about abortion politics in Latin America.  She is currently working with Eileen McDonagh, a professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, on a book examining the role of women in democracies.

This event is hosted by Visiones: Art & Activism in the Americas, an interdisciplinary working group sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Center.

Bring your lunch and join us!

Cost : Free and open to the public

JenniferFlores Sternad

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute

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