Economic crisis hits Venezuela as women get sterilized

Economic crisis hits Venezuela as women get sterilized

The severe economic recession in Venezuela has left young women turning to sterilization.

Several young women have emphasised their fear of getting pregnant in the current economy of Venezuela. Contraception is scarce and expensive for the majority and women who already have children find themselves having inadequate supplies for their children.

The current state of most hospitals in dilapidated and ill-equipped for giving birth as lining up for diapers, baby food and medicine often takes hours. “Having a child now means making him suffer” said one mother.
Venezuela is largely a catholic country and therefore forbids abortion as it is illegal with the exception of cases whereby the mother’s life would be at risk. “Now when a woman says I’m pregnant, everyone scolds you” said another concerned mother.

Surgeons carrying out a sterilization procedure.

Surgeons carrying out a sterilization procedure.

At present about 500 women are on the waiting list to get the free sterilisation procedure done

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