In the U.S. women have the right to choose whether or not they want to bring a child into this world. About half of the pregnancies among American women are unintended, and 4 in 10 of these end in abortion. It has always been a controversial subject, but some countries like Chile forbid abortion completely, regardless of the reason. Chilean activists have launched a controversial campaign to bring attention to the abortion ban, called “Accidental Abortion.”
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Chile currently has one of the strictest abortion laws out there making abortion illegal without exception. For many years Chileans have been protesting and now they’re taking matters into their own hands with the Accidental Abortion campaign because if you have an accidental abortion, then it’s not against the law.
The women in these videos show you how to accidentally give yourself an abortion. In one video there’s a woman that asks that you buy the tallest heels you could find, cut the heel almost completely off and then find a fire hydrant and push yourself onto it as hard as you can. The organization behind this campaign is Miles Chile and they explain that the purpose of these videos is to create violent fictional scenes in order to spark debate and conversation.
This has been a big issue for many years and in 2013, then president Sebastian Piñera praised an 11 year old who was raped by her stepfather and became pregnant, calling her “mature for her age”. At that age, young little girls in the U.S. are still playing with dolls, not making the decision of becoming a mother.
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Just recently, Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet proposed a bill that would legalize abortion in cases like this one, due to rape or incest, if the woman’s life was in danger, or if the fetus isn’t expected to live. The proposal would allow an abortion in these special cases to be carried out up to the 12th week of pregnancy. But, Chile is not alone. Other Latin American countries like El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras also limit the decision to have an abortion.
Watch one of the videos from the Accidental Abortion campaign: