Hagatna, Guam, Jun 9, 2019 / 03:24 am
The government of the island of Guam is offering waivers and discounts for contraception through a public health clinic, and the territory’s governor has said she wants to find a doctor willing to perform abortions, after the retirement of the island’s last abortionist.
Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero, a former nurse who took office in January, recently expressed her wish to expand abortion access in the territory, but no doctors on the island are willing to perform abortions.
Though abortion is legal in some cases in Guam, the territory’s last abortion doctor retired in May 2018.
“I'm concerned about [abortion] going underground because then we can't really control it, we can't really monitor, we can't really make sure that the women are doing it in an environment that is conducive to a healthy recovery,” she told the AP last week.