Woman is nature's workshop where life forged.
Fidel Castro ( 1974)1
Sound children assure the magnificent heredity of our revolution.
Dr. José González, obstetrician and author ( 1985)2
We fervently defend the right and choice of all women to be mothers, of all men to be fathers, but we energetically refuse to echo the "pro-life" campaign that in these times is undergoing an unusual boom in the capitalist world.
Dr. Monika Krause, sex education official ( 1987)3
Is it logical that abortion is used as a contraceptive method when the other methods are one hundred times cheaper and ten thousand times less offensive?
Mirta Rodríguez Calderón, journalist ( 1989) 4
Abortion is a matter for townpeople. Here in the countryside women give birth and that's that.
Roberto Hernández, oxcart driver ( 1989) 5
The improvement of maternal, infant, and child health has been among the principal goals of Cuba's health revolution. Cuban women came to have free access to high-quality prenatal and postnatal medical services, contraception, and abortion. By 1992 infant mortality had declined to 10.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, and maternal mortality stood at 3.2 per 10,000 live births, the lowest figures in Latin America. 6 These achievements were a source of great local pride and international prestige for the revolution.