An estimated 70 women die each year in Colombia from a clandestine procedure, and around 400 are prosecuted, some under the age of 18. About 33 percent of abortions carried out each year see complications which can be life-threatening for the mother, as unsafe abortions are the fourth leading cause of maternal mortality in the country. Since 2006, women were only allowed to terminate a pregnancy in certain circumstances such as abuse, incest, non-consensual pregnancy, or when the life of the mother or child was in danger.
Over the years, the streets of Colombia have seen activists voicing their demands in decriminalizing abortion – to great avail. IMAGO spoke to María José González, also known as Chepa Beltran, and Ximena Rubio of Long Visual Press, a Colombia-based news and photo agency, about their work covering this movement.