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This is reality for Chilean women who don’t have the right to an abortion

Non-government organisation Miles Chile has created three “abortion tutorials” to highlight the lack of women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Chile — considered to have one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the world.

The satirical videos — “Shoes,” “Stairs” and “Traffic” — show women how to end unwanted pregnancies by wrecking their shoes so they walk into a fire hydrant, falling down stairs and walking in front of oncoming traffic.

Video credit: MILES Chile/YouTube

Video credit: MILES Chile/YouTube

Video credit: MILES Chile/YouTube

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“In Chile an accidental abortion is the only kind of abortion that is not considered a crime,” says Miles Chile. “The Chilean congress is still discussing whether [abortion] should be legal or not.”

Chile allowed abortions from 1931 to 1989 for women whose lives were in danger from pregnancy. But it was then criminalised by Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator who instigated an ultra conservative culture in the country.

“Pinochet’s decision was based on ideology, politics and a vision of women as a big womb that’s only purpose is to reproduce human beings,” said Claudia Dides, director of Miles Chile. She told news agency EFE: “Its torture what they’re doing to Chilean women by not letting them have abortions.”

Because it’s illegal to have an abortion in Chile many women resort to having clandestine, dangerous abortions, risking their lives and legal punishment.

Chile’s first female President, Michelle Bachelet, has backed a reform bill to decriminalise abortion in certain cases: when the mother’s life is in danger from pregnancy, when the foetus would not survive the pregnancy and when the pregnancy was a result of rape. Senators will vote on the bill in September and, if passed, it will come into force in 2016.

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