ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – The easily accessible abortion pill

“It’s like going to the shop to buy an item,” was how one woman described the ease of getting the abortion pill at pharmacies in Antigua and Barbuda. “I was surprised at how normal it was to get this pill,” said another. In the midst of the current debate in the country surrounding the controversial and, sometimes, taboo issue of abortion, OBSERVER media decided to mount its own investigation by visiting pharmacies to see to … Continued

VENEZUELA – “Prohibido botar bebés,” it says: “Dumping babies is forbidden.”

The graphic is straightforward but shocking. That anyone would conceive the need for such a sign is heart-breaking. That it encapsulates a growing problem in Venezuela, a nation strung taut between political stalemate and economic collapse, is nothing short of devastating. Venezuelan artist Eric Meiicano told the BBC he created the campaign after a newborn was found in the trash near his Caracas apartment. “Something is becoming common which should never be considered normal,” he … Continued

COLOMBIA: STATEMENT – “Not one step back from legal, free and safe abortion in Colombia”

After the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, it is ratified that the country can NOT go back in terms of abortion and that the three circumstances in which access to this service has been allowed since 2006, are a fundamental right that the State must guarantee. Organizations that work for the rights of women respect the decision of the Constitutional Court [to reject] the lawsuits filed to prohibit abortion in any circumstances. … Continued

ARGENTINA: POLITICAL ANALYSIS

In 2018, Argentina underwent a historical debate on the right to abortion. Over a period of three months, 845 speakers both for and against legalization expressed their opinions and presented their knowledge at the committees’ plenary sessions of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate, and 235 legislators expressed their conclusions during the voting sessions in those Chambers. Despite the Senate’s rejection of the Bill, over a year after the debate the social interest and mobilization that resulted still persist. However, together with the “green wave” and the social decriminalization of abortion, some conservative and even reactionary demands and anti-choice movements appeared and gained visibility both in Argentina and throughout the region.

EL SALVADOR: CALL FOR FREEDOM

El Salvador has repeatedly drawn worldwide attention due to its restrictive legislation on sexual and reproductive rights. From cases such as that of Evelyn Hernández last year, initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, until today, when defamation is heaped upon health personnel who defend women’s health. Health professionals such as medical doctor Victoria Ramírez, president of the Salvadoran Medical Union for Women’s Health and Life, are attacked and harassed on social networks for taking on the defence of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Conservative organisations are promoting a campaign of defamation, ignoring the contribution of her work and expertise to achieving legislative changes that will improve the reality in which the most vulnerable women in El Salvador live.

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