A woman who is five months pregnant attends a sonogram at a local hospital in Shanghai September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Since abortion is illegal in Lebanon, Noor decided to seek help from a doctor in Burj Hammoud whose name had been given to her by a friend.Through her art, Ghazale has seen the effects of criminalized abortions in Lebanon up close.Her ongoing project, "My boyfriend's abortion," is a collection of so far 10 audio recordings of the male partners of women who have had abortions. From Ghazale's perspective, the opinions of men such as Mohammad or Noor's boyfriend indicate a lack of male awareness on the subject of abortion.While it is true that the incidence of complications is low in countries where abortion is legal, no such data exists in Lebanon. The gynecologist acknowledged that he does not accept women who have experienced complications after an abortion with other doctors as he does not want to get involved for fear of legal consequences. What is a protective measure for the gynecologist is a concrete threat for women suffering from such complications, as the cases of Noor and some of Ghazale's interviewees show.
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