The paper focuses on the forms of assistance offered to pregnant migrant women in Southern European Borderlands. Firstly, I analyse gender-based-violence women suffer during the migratory journey from African continent to Southern Italian Borderlands, such as Lampedusa and Palermo, Sicily. Secondly, I underline the difficulties women face in order to access voluntary termination of pregnancy (Vtp) services, and the impact of life conditions in Italian reception system on their global health. I argue that the structural violence and the discrimination pregnant African women are subjected to, continue after the arrival in Europe. Institutional violence connected to reproductive health laws and the functioning of reception system overlap physical and physiological trauma women undergo during migration.
Keywords: Reproductive health, gender-based violence, migration, Vtp, Lampedusa, Sicily.