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"Jail does not solve the abortion problem," reads this poster in Lisbon before the 2007 national referendum on abortion.

Aug. 10, 2011

In the third installment of our weeklong Here, There series on the abortion debate in other countries, we go to Portugal. The Portuguese government legalized voluntary abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy in 2007. Despite the changes, many doctors still refuse to perform the procedure. Beatriz Padilla, a senior researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Sociology at the University Institute of Lisbon, explains the situation. Later in the hour, we meet Ani Choying Drolma, a Nepali Buddhist nun. She founded an organization that supports the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns in her country. Drolma tells us her story and performs a few of her songs in WBEZ’s Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.