COLOMBIA – Objectión de Consciencia Institutional? Impacto en la Prestación de Servicios de Interrupción Voluntaria de Embarazo: Memorias

The second regional seminar on “Institutional conscientious objection: its impact on the provision of services for termination of pregnancy” took place in Bogotá on 4-5 August 2016. The seminar was the result of a collective effort by a group of national and regional organizations in Latin America who for several years have been promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue to identify the extent of this practice and its effects in the exercise of women’s reproductive rights and the provision of legal abortion services.

COLOMBIA – Healthcare responsibilities and conscientious objection 

The Constitutional Court of Colombia has issued a decision of international significance clarifying legal duties of providers, hospitals, and healthcare systems when conscientious objection is made to conducting lawful abortion. The decision establishes objecting providers’ duties to refer patients to non-objecting providers, and that hospitals, clinics, and other institutions have no rights of conscientious objection.

Chile – The abortion bill has been passed after 28 years of criminalisation!

On 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Claudia Dides of Miles Chile has declared today “a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for … Continued

“Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign, Latin America

Planned Parenthood Global, Amnesty International, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida Mexico (GIRE) and Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI) have joined efforts to raise awareness on forced motherhood and its impact on girls’ lives and futures across Latin … Continued

Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is a step towards decriminalising abortion

Abortion is currently illegal in Bolivia except in cases of rape, incest and risk to the woman’s health. Until recently, these abortions had to be approved by a judge. Clandestine abortions are therefore common. The Women’s Hospital of La Paz … Continued

Physician opinions concerning legal abortion in Bogotá, Colombia

Since the decriminalisation of abortion in 2006, women in Colombia have continued to seek clandestine abortions, endangering their health and contributing to maternal mortality and morbidity. The goal of this study was to explore physicians’ opinions towards and knowledge about legal abortion in Bogotá, Colombia, and key barriers to legal abortion access. We conducted 13 key informant interviews followed by a survey with a probability sample of 49 doctors working in public hospitals in Bogotá. Interview and survey data showed lack of technical experience in the provision of abortion and nuanced opinions towards its practice. Key informants described ignorance and lack of abortion training in medical schools as key barriers to provision. In the survey, 16 of 49 respondents had performed an abortion, 24 of 49 had referred a woman for an abortion and only 33 of 49 showed correct knowledge of the law.

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