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One year after experiencing an abortion in Roca, she tells her testimony after the approval of the Law

For health reasons, a year ago, a 24-year-old girl agreed to a Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE) at the Francisco López Lima de Roca Hospital, within the framework of the Law Provincial 4,796 of non-punishable abortions.

On the first anniversary of that event that marked her; and after suffering not only physical but emotional pain from harassment, the young woman was encouraged to tell her experience in the framework of the approval of legal abortion on December 30 in the Senate of the Nation.

As he told LA COMMUNA, since her adolescence she has been part of the local women’s movements; and he was always in favor of the right to decide and to end the clandestinity of abortion; But like many, she did not imagine that she would be one of those who went through that situation.

«A year after my interruption, after having been in vigil (while the bill was being debated), and after having fought for years in the Women’s Meetings for the slogan« Sex education to decide, contraceptives not to abort and legal abortion so as not to die », I am grateful to those spaces because for them I accessed a right and learned about the options I had“Said the girl, whose identity will not be revealed.

He said that it was not an easy task before, during or after the practice. Although he had no major problems accessing the ILE due to his health situation, he commented that she experienced “abuse” by some health workers who treated her, although not all.

The Social Work area went to the first place he went, accompanied and advised by her mother and different people around her. There they interviewed her and got a turn to an ultrasound the next morning, to see how many weeks he was and know how to proceed. “In the shift for the echo, I discovered that it was not a conventional shift, but a few minutes of the time of a doctor …”, he admitted.

“The pregnancy was advanced and the interruption would be with hospitalization, not ambulatory”he explained. A few days later, they called her from the hospital address, they gave her the history and the pills. She didn’t know that this would be the day that she was going to be hospitalized and she says she couldn’t prepare For that. “Fortunately, you don’t have to share a room in these cases,” he said.

“With the symptoms of pregnancy, I did not tolerate the first dose, then the procedure was delayed,” he said. After the medication, the contractions began. The doctor who treated her explained, but one of the nurses «ignored meShe wouldn’t look at me, the serum was bad and I had to fix it on my own ». By some attitudes, he realized that “Several of the staff were conscientious objectors”, he assured.

«The hours passed and the contractions were so strong that I thought I could not do more strength to bear it, that I was hurting … I thought I was dying, “said the girl, who said that she became panicky.

During the night he said only a nurse went to see her and treated her wounds. “He even showed me encouragement and affection, which was quite comforting,” he added.

Finally the next morning the situation became more complex and he had to go to the operating room. “Going back to the room and being with my mom waiting for me, I felt better,” he said, because the worst was over. Had to wait one more day to be discharged from hospital and go home.

Today, almost a year after passing the practice, the young woman analyzed that the new law Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) will mean a breakthrough in this sense and after going through that experience.

“Despite being in a public hospital, despite being protected by a law, most of the staff hid me, ignored me, mistreated me. But I am very happy with the minority, who made me here today, the social workers who took the case on their shoulders, the management, some nurses and the chief of gynecology »,

the young woman concluded.

“Today is law because together we could, we can and we will be able to conquer our rights”

Via La Commune de Roca.

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