Because of the controversial nature of abortion, the SNGO working group decided to focus on scientific and technical issues only.
The questions covered: whether abortion for medical causes was justifiable for certain conditions or not; what the role of the SNGO should be as regards expertise on this issue; whether abortion for medical causes would help to reduce maternal mortality; and whether the SNGO should submit a law proposal regulating abortion for medical causes.
(This estimate is based on the register of the SNGO, which includes 260 obstetrician-gynaecologists.)
Others requested that the SNGO add to its recommendations a stipulation that abortion performed for any reason other than to save the life of the pregnant woman should be criminally proscribed.
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.