Add condoms to the shortages in Cuba

In the early 1990s, I heard Professor Juan Clark say there were more abortions than births in Cuba.  I couldn't believe it, but it's true. This week, Cuban blogger Yoanni Sanchez provided an update on the situation in Cuba, and especially the shortage of condoms: Despite decades of declining funding for the health system, broad access to medical care and the legalization of abortion have been vital in providing assistance to many Cuban women. Many Cubans rely on abortion as a form of birth control.  The health risks of repeated abortions include cervical complications and even infertility. According to official records, in 2016 there were 85,445 abortions performed in Cuban hospitals, or about 41.9 terminations per 100 pregnancies. "Qué barbarida" – the Cuban expression of total shock. It's not surprising that there are shortages of condoms.  In fact, there are shortages of...(Read Full Post)