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Nicaragua is one of the poorest nations in the Americas. In 2006, Nicaragua enacted a complete abortion ban — including in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the woman is at risk. Access to sexual and reproductive health information and services is seriously lacking, and the country now has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Latin America.

Planned Parenthood Global recently launched the regional Niñas no Madres (Girls not Mothers) campaign, which includes stories and data from the Stolen Lives report. Dozens of other organizations are already lending their support to this effort to highlight the effects of pregnancy among very young girls. 

These realities pose serious risks to the health and well-being of Nicaraguan people. That’s why, for nearly 15 years, Planned Parenthood Global has partnered with groups in Nicaragua to change these outcomes. With Planned Parenthood Global’s support, they’re able to reach more than 12,000 young people every year with sexual and reproductive education, services, and trainings. The result is that communities grow stronger, taking their health into their own hands.

Service delivery is paired with advocacy efforts to increase impact. For example, in 2015, Planned Parenthood Global partners collected enough signatures to force the Nicaraguan legislature to consider a “citizens initiative” that calls for increased abortion access — the first time in Nicaraguan history that this legal mechanism is being used. Supported by social and traditional media, street actions, and coalition work, the campaign has garnered national and local radio and television coverage, and is shifting the climate around reproductive rights in the region. 

WATCH BELOW: Stolen Lives documentary produced by Planned Parenthood Global's partner in Nicaragua.