It doesn't matter if the pregnant woman's life is at stake. Or if the fetus won't survive. Or if the pregnancy is the result of rape. Therapeutic abortion is considered a crime in Chile and women who elect it can be imprisoned for up to three years.
Still, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch estimates that 160,000 illicit abortions occur every year in Chile. That means more than 400 women are putting their lives at risk every day because they are forced to resort to unsafe methods to end their unwanted pregnancy.
To draw people's attention to the worrying statistics and encourage discussion about policy reform, nonprofit Miles Chile created a campaign called "Abortion Tutorials." It's both daring and disquieting.
The campaign features three videos that purport to teach women how to perform "accidental abortions" on themselves. For example, the campaign suggests, they could intentionally fall down a flight of stairs.
Or they could opt to twist their ankle and fall over a fire hydrant.
Or get hit by a car.
The ad's satirical "suggestions" may seem extreme, but they're reflective of the dangerous choices that women are forced to make all around the world in countries where the medical procedure isn't legal.
Miles Chile said the goal of its campaign is to remind people that the ability to elect abortion is a universal human right, like those to life, freedom, health and equality.
"Criminalization of abortion threatens the lives of women, and has a negative impact on their health, opportunities and freedom," the nonprofit stated in a press release.
Miles Chile demands that the government decriminalizes abortion in certain, specific cases, echoing Chilean president Michelle Bachelet's January appeal.
￼According to the International Business Times, Bachelet's bill proposed that abortion should be legalized under three cases: "if the mother's life were at risk, if the fetus were inviable, or in cases of rape."
The bill is still under consideration.
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