Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opens case involving Manuela, wrongfully imprisoned in El Salvador

In 2008, a pregnant, haemorrhaging woman staggered into a hospital in El Salvador seeking emergency care.(Vice News, 20 April 2017) The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced it will hear the case of Manuela, a Salvadoran woman wrongfully imprisoned … Continued

Abortion rights at the Supreme Court: a public debate in Brazil

    The criminalization of abortion by the 1940 Brazilian Penal Code is incompatible with women’s fundamental rights enshrined in the 1988 Federal Constitution. This premise grounds the petition presented to the Supreme Court (STF), on March 7th 2017, by … Continued

Chilean Senators try to alter the text of the abortion bill for and against safe abortion

A news report on 1 April revealed that several anti-abortion Senators have sought to modify the ground of risk of the woman’s life, to say that “all legitimate medical practice to save the life of the mother that, as a … Continued

Incest case attests that, in Costa Rica, abortion is legal in name only

In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in Article 121 of the Penal Code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure … Continued

National Pact for the Decriminalization of Abortion addresses Constitution Committee in Bolivia

“Give women 22 weeks to decide”, “Not just one legal abortion per woman…” were among the demands presented by advocates from the National Pact for the Decriminalisation of Abortion in Bolivia, a group of 50 organisations from all over the … Continued

URUGUAY: SOLIDARITY REQUEST

A young woman has this week been sentenced to a term in prison for homicide in the city of Rivera in Uruguay. She gave birth in the bathroom of her house unaware that she was even pregnant. She was accused of manslaughter, which the judge, Darwin Rampoldi, used to sentence her for having “aborted” the pregnancy.

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA “Belén” acquitted: Tucumán Provincial Supreme Court overturns sentence for aggravated homicide

  In 2014, “Belén”, a 27-year-old woman from the province of Tucumán went to her local hospital with a serious vaginal haemorrhage. The duty doctor diagnosed a spontaneous miscarriage, but “Belén” was accused of having disposed of the fetus in … Continued

INVIMA approves mifepristone for abortion in Colombia

  On 3 March 2017,  it was announced that Colombia’s Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute, INVIMA) had approved the registration of mifepristone in Colombia for use in combination with misoprostol for … Continued

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