Vinico del Valle is a gynecologist and obstetrician. He works for the Observatory for Reproductive Health (OSAR), which monitors the providers of health care in Guatemala, and ensure they are following the law. Vinicio del Valle is also working to uncover the cause of maternal mortality. Abortion is the fourth largest reason for maternal mortality in Guatemala. It is estimated that 22.000 women are treated for complications after having provoked an abortion each year. del Valle says that work is difficult because the Guatemalan authorities do not prioritize the issue of abortion.
«The women who die are located in marginalized regions, far away from where the decisions are made. It makes it easy for the authorities to ignore what is happening», says del Valle.
Until 1979, abortion was banned in Guatemala. Today, abortion is allowed only when the woman's life is in danger. Vinicio del Valle hopes the government will look to other Latin-American countries such as Colombia and Ecuador, where abortion laws are more flexible. He and several gynaecologists are lobbying for the addition off a new clause in the law, which will allow abortion after rape.