2011 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd prize

Poor Choices

Photographer

Sarah Elliott

21 June, 2010

Each year, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die after illegal abortions and 21,000 are hospitalized with complications from unsafe procedures.

About the photographer

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott was born in the USA in 1984 and received a degree in photography in New York City at Parsons School of Design. Elliott assisted Stanley Greene for a year before mov...

Background story

Ongata Rongai, Kenya An unmarried mother of a nine-year-old boy sits waiting for an abortion, at an operating table at a health clinic rented by a doctor for the procedure. Abortion is a crime in Kenya, unless the life of the mother is in danger. Penalties run up to seven years in prison for a woman trying to procure a termination and twice as long for anyone conducting one. Women from richer classes can afford the € 60-80 it costs to have an abortion secretly performed by a compliant professional in a proper clinic. Poorer women have to rely on backstreet establishments, where untrained practitioners terminate pregnancies using knitting needles, bleach, malaria pills and other non-medical methods. Each year, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die after illegal abortions and 21,000 are hospitalized with complications from unsafe procedures.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/60 s
Focal length
27 mm
F-Stop
f/4.5
ISO
1600
Camera
Canon EOS 5D

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