BRAZIL – We Have Gender!

Con mucho gusto el Observatorio de Sexualidad y Política (Sexuality Policy Watch) en colaboración con Akahata Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros vuelve a diseminar esta publicación digital con ocho textos (artículos y comentarios) seleccionados del número especial “Habemus Género!: La Iglesia Católica e Ideología de Género” de la revista Gender & Religion. También les invitamos a acceder a la plataforma digital del proyecto recién estrenada, donde están disponibles las producciones que datan de … Continued

ARGENTINA – Abortion rights movement will try again in 2019

The National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, a collective of several hundred groups and organisations in Argentina, have announced they will embark on their 8th try in March 2019 to get the Congress to legalise abortion. This time around promoters of the bill hope to create a greater consensus following the 2018 experience where the initiative was passed in the House of Representatives but voted down by 38 to 31 in the Senate. … Continued

FRANCE – The Simone-de-Beauvoir Prize 2019 has gone to Salvadoran Sara García Gross, for her work for the right to abortion

Sara García Gross has been advocating for the right of women to decide what to do with their bodies for a decade now, in a country where the anti-abortion legislation is among the most restrictive in the world. The award will be presented at the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris. It was created in 2008 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir in order to “help mobilise international solidarity, reaffirm … Continued

CHILE – Constitutional Court strikes down one part of the 2017 abortion regulations

By a vote of 8-2 on 13 December 2018, Chile’s Constitutional Court struck down a portion of the Regulation on Conscientious Objection of the Law on Abortion that prohibited private hospitals and clinics to refuse to perform abortions on grounds of conscience if they received state money for obstetric and gynaecological services. The Court had accepted an appeal in early December by senators of the Chile Vamos coalition (four centre-right parties headed by President Piñera), … Continued

ECUADOR SOLIDARITY REQUEST – Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir

Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir (National Assembly of Ecuador: It is urgent to decriminalise #AbortionAfterRape #LetMeDecide) Queridas compañeras estamos iniciando una acción de firmas para respaldar #AbortoPorViolación en la discusión en el Pleno de la Asamblea que se realizará desde manana temprano en Quito. Como antecedente el texto que se aprobó  en la Comisión  de Justicia incluye violación, incesto, estupro y  malformaciones incompatibles con la vida. Por favor para que lo puedan … Continued

EL SALVADOR- Imelda Cortez freed after 18 months in prison and repeated delays in hearing her case

Imelda Cortez had been detained without trial in San Miguel prison since April 2017. As we reported on 20 November, Imelda gave birth in the latrine of her home that month. She said she had not known she was pregnant. Bleeding heavily, she was taken to the National Hospital of Jiquilisco, where she was arrested and accused of miscarriage. A day later, the Prosecutor’s Office changed the offence to “aggravated homicide”, which can receive a sentence of … Continued

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

ARGENTINA – In a student body of 200, 30 girls aged 12-19 are pregnant

About ten kilometers south of San Salvador de Jujuy is Alto Comedero, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the area. There is a state school of mixed secondary level, attended by less than 200 students. Today, 30 of the girls are pregnant. They are aged 12-19 years old. We asked the directors of a number of schools about this issue. Many did not want to answer, perhaps because they feel guilty that this is happening. … Continued

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: EL SALVADOR – Recursos Acción Global #SalvemosAImelda

From 29 November, Las 17, the Salvadoran group who are working to free all women in prison because of pregnancy, have begun a tweetathon. They are asking everyone to send messages via Twitter to the Fiscalía (Prosecutor) in El Salvador calling for her freedom and all charges to be dropped. Contact: @FGR_SV

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