Brazil's Abortion Nightmare

In a desperate attempt to get a safe abortion in Brazil, Juliana falsely reported rape


  1. In Brazil, abortion is only legal if the pregnancy is the result of rape, if it threatens a woman's life or if the fetus has a fatal congenital brain disorder. Every year more than 1 million women in the country risk prison, serious health consequences, social stigma and even death in an effort to get an abortion.


    Through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project, I traveled through three cities in Brazil to investigate what it's like for the women who try to get them.


    There, I found a young woman who falsely reported rape in order to get a safe, legal abortion. Her gripping story is a window into some of the difficult choices Brazilian women are forced to make when trying to end a pregnancy in the country with the largest Roman Catholic population in the world.