Almost all respondents (98%) believed that the SNGO should be the principal expert group consulted on the medical and technical issues related to regulation of abortion, and 87% agreed with the following draft wording for presentation to the National Assembly, developed by the SNGO working group:
Given the possible re-criminalisation of therapeutic abortion, the SNGO study - which demonstrates that a high proportion of obstetrician-gynaecologists in Nicaragua consider there to be a need for legal therapeutic abortion - is critical to the debate and counterbalances the declaration of the AMN.
SNGO recommendations and the current political situation in Nicaragua
In the report, the SNGO states that penalisation of therapeutic abortion would pose a serious ethical dilemma for providers, who would be put at risk of imprisonment for providing life-saving treatment.
The results of the study stimulated quite a lot of controversy within the board of directors of the SNGO and amongst anti-abortion advocates.
While it is not yet known when the articles relating to abortion will reach the Assembly floor, the SNGO has presented the results of its study and its recommendations to the Justice Commission in charge of the Penal Code revisions.