As their numbers diminished, maintaining FARC’s numbers became more important than ever. And as female FARC members fight side-by-side with men, a pregnant fighter was one less person able to take up arms against the Colombian government.According to an investigation in Colombian newspaper El Espectador, 1,000 forced abortions take place annually in FARC camps. Human rights organization ABColombia states that “planned forced abortion is the policy of the FARC; the guerilla commanders’ partners were the only exceptions to this policy. Some testimonies reveal how women combatants fled the guerillas in order to protect their unborn children.” In some cases, Human Rights Watch reports, girls as young as 12 were forced to terminate pregnancies.

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