SUM – CUNY: Abortion in Bolivia is prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, and saving the mother’s life. But even with those allowances, the procedure is rarely greenlighted. Just 126 abortions were legally permitted in Bolivia between 1973 and 2016. 

And yet, abortion in Bolivia is ubiquitous, according to Professor Natalie Kimball (College of Staten Island). While researching a book on the topic, Kimball heard the phrase “secreto a voces”—an open secret—used so often that it became the book’s title: An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia. Read more at SUM-CUNY.