December 1, 2011 — The following summarizes select women's health-related videos.
Peru : A new video from the Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates the bravery of a Peruvian girl who sought justice after she was denied an abortion. After years of repeated rapes by a neighbor, "L.C." became pregnant at age 13, but Peru's laws do not allow abortion when the abortion is sought because the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Feeling hopeless and ashamed, L.C. jumped off a roof, enduring severe damage to her spine. Although Peruvian law permits abortion to prevent "grave and permanent harm" to a woman's health, doctors refused to operate on L.C.'s injuries because the surgery might have ended the pregnancy, and she was left a quadriplegic. CRR and its partners took L.C.'s case to the United Nations, which for the first time ruled that a country must change its abortion laws to protect women's health and rights. The historic decision will require Peru to establish a system in which abortion is truly accessible when a woman's health is threatened (CRR, 11/14).
Siri: After hearing that Siri -- the virtual assistant on the latest Apple iPhone -- in not able to locate abortion clinics, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert declares that "Siri is clearly an archconservative woman." However, he is a little shocked that Siri can't locate an abortion clinic in Manhattan. "I think they've got one at the top of the Empire State Building," he says. Colbert also tests Siri's ability to interpret foreign accents ("Colbert Report," Comedy Central, 11/30).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership