A Verdadeira Tragédia do Aborto

MELBOURNE – Na República Dominicana no mês passado, uma adolescente grávida que sofria de leucemia viu adiada a sua quimioterapia, porque os médicos receavam que o tratamento pudesse terminar a gravidez e assim violar a rígida lei antiaborto do país. Depois de conversações entre médicos, advogados, e a família da rapariga, a quimioterapia foi iniciada, mas não antes de ter sido mais uma vez dada atenção à rigidez das leis do aborto em muitos países em desenvolvimento.

O aborto recebe cobertura extensiva dos meios de comunicação nos países desenvolvidos, especialmente nos Estados Unidos, onde os Republicanos têm usado a sua oposição ao tema para reunir votantes. Recentemente, a campanha para a reeleição do Presidente Barack Obama contra-atacou, lançando um anúncio televisivo onde uma mulher diz que é “um tempo assustador para se ser mulher,” porque Mitt Romney disse que apoia a criminalização do aborto.

Mas muito menos atenção é dada aos 86% de todos os abortos, que acontecem no mundo em desenvolvimento. Embora uma maioria de países em África e na América Latina tenha leis proibindo o aborto na maioria das circunstâncias, as proibições oficiais não impedem elevadas taxas de aborto.

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