In the last five years, 127 women have been put on trial for abortion in Mexico.
When Laura, a 22-year-old woman from Puebla, went to the emergency room because she was hemorrhaging, she ended up under arrest.
Puebla is a Mexican state that has created laws to “protect life, starting at conception,” and local hospital workers are required to report suspicions of illegal abortions to the police. Laura spent five days in the hospital under police custody, being accused of illegally inducing an abortion with the over-the-counter ulcer drug, Misoprostol. Though she was subject to criminal prosecution, Laura was freed when a judge determined there was insufficient evidence. Then she was left to pay legal fees for a crime she was never proven to have committed. [Rest.]