ARGENTINA – 3,700 people, mostly women, formally leave Catholic church over stance on abortion

More than 3,700 people have submitted apostasy requests to the Argentinian synod in protest against the Church’s heavy-handed anti-abortion campaign during the debate in the Senate, according to César Rosenstein, a lawyer and founding member of the Argentinian Coalition for a Lay State. “Apostasy is an important symbolic and political act,” said Rosenstein, who said that visits to the group’s website had shot up since the vote from 100 daily unique users to around 40,000 … Continued

URGENT SOLIDARITY REQUEST: GUATEMALA * PLEASE SIGN TODAY!! –  7 September 2018

Message from Guatemala: (English version below) Es un gusto saludarles desde el Centro de Derechos Reproductivos. Abajo encontrarán una declaración que hemos preparado acerca de la situación en Guatemala alrededor de la iniciativa de ley 5272. Incluye una declaración en español, una en inglés y un conjunto de tuits preparados para que conjuntamente usemos. Recomendamos que, a pesar de que la declaración está en inglés y en español, todas las organizaciones, así su idioma de … Continued

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE 9 August 2018 – Argentina: no turning back

The press release is available in PDF here  Argentina’s Senate voted last night – after a 15-hour “debate”, during which the room was mostly empty of Senators – to reject a bill on abortion passed by the House of Deputies in June. The tone and level of engagement in the two houses of the congress could not have been more different. The Deputies listened to each other, they were passionate, they seemed more open. The … Continued

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