STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried … Continued

ARGENTINA – Majorities protecting rights: the 2018 abortion reform in Argentina

The Argentinian abortion reform, closely followed in the entire Latin American region, is extremely relevant, first and most obviously, from the perspective of equality and rights protection… [But it] is relevant also from a perspective attentive to the texture of the political and legal interactions on display.

Abortion in Latin America: Juridical strategies for campaigning for legalisation and confronting the conservative opposition

El aborto en América Latina: Estrategias jurídicas para luchar por su legalización y enfrentar las resistencias conservadoras (Abortion in Latin America: Juridical strategies for campaigning for legalisation and confronting the conservative opposition) Edited by Paola Bergallo, Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra, Juan Marco Vaggione, Sigloveintiuno Editores Argentina, 2018 (462 pages in Spanish)   From the Introduction (translated) What is happening with legality and illegality of abortion in Latin America is as contradictory and diverse as our … Continued

INDONESIA – Second-trimester medical abortion outside the clinic setting in Indonesia

Evidence from our analysis suggests that a model of remote provision of support for abortions later in pregnancy by non-medically trained, skilled abortion counsellors could be a safe alternative for women in need of abortions beyond 12 weeks’ gestation in a legally restrictive context.

BRAZIL – Delays in access to care for abortion-related complications: the experience of women in Northeast Brazil

Around 18 million unsafe abortions occur in low and middle-income countries and are associated with numerous adverse consequences to women’s health. The time taken by women with complications to reach facilities where they can receive appropriate post-abortion care can influence the risk of death and the extent of further complications.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

On 15 July, hundreds (one report said thousands) of people from more than 100 social and political organisations participated in the “March for Life, Health and Dignity of Dominican Women”, which called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country on three grounds: when the life of the woman is at risk, in cases of rape or incest, and when the fetus is not viable. The march went from the Dominican Medical College to the … Continued

INDONESIA – Teenage girl released from prison amid calls for reform of abortion laws

Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for an illegal abortion after she repeatedly raped by her older brother. The case received widespread media coverage, leading to renewed calls from women’s and human rights groups for the legalisation of abortion and other guarantees for women’s reproductive rights. The decision to suspend the girl’s sentence, described as rare, came after … Continued

PARAGUAY – It’s three years and three months

… since we published the photo above, taken during a protest against a case that has come back into the news this week. Along with human rights and women’s groups across Latin America in 2015, we joined the chorus of voices condemning the government and a hospital in Paraguay for refusing to allow a 10-year-old child who had been sexually abused by her stepfather to have an abortion. When the girl’s mother took her daughter … Continued

MEXICO – Mexico’s new government seeks abortion on request up to 12 weeks across the country

The new government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador will seek to decriminalise abortion throughout Mexico. The future Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, recognising that this is a topic that polarises the country, will seek a permanent dialogue with the 32 state congresses on this issue. In an interview with Radio Fórmula in July, the ex-Supreme Court judge explained that she supports abortion up to 12 weeks because she believes that women “should not be deprived … Continued

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