Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said he wants a referendum on abortion, even though his ruling party, Morena, has sufficient votes in Mexico’s federal congress to begin a constitutional reform process to decriminalise abortion up to 12 weeks. His announcement sparked immediate opposition from abortion rights advocates. Mexico’s 32 states consider abortions criminal unless the pregnancy results from rape or if it endangers the woman’s health and life or because of fetal abnormalities. … Continued
The abortion debate in Jamaica is as old as time but there has barely been any positive action to provide women with access to safe, legal and affordable services to terminate pregnancies. Instead, we pussyfoot with our obligations and responsibilities. We pretend abortion services aren’t needed and shouldn’t be allowed and carry on as if a handful of liberal minded Jamaicans are trying to take the country down a path of destruction.
A blog, by Lieta Vivaldi discussing the anti-gender phenomenon in Chile, which has commonalities but also particularities with other countries of Latin America and also Europe. It explores the ways in which the attack toward ‘gender ideology’ have impacted upon the abortion debate and the implementation of the legislation in Chile, discussing some of the challenges feminist activists are facing today with regards the monitoring of the law and the fight for free abortion.
The Supreme Court of El Salvador has commuted the sentences of three more women from among “Las 17”, some of whom have been in prison for a decade and more, who were all prosecuted and imprisoned after suffering miscarriages, stillbirths and other obstetric emergencies. The three women, Maria del Transito Orellana, Cinthia Marcela Rodriguez, and Alba Lorena Rodriguez were met by a group of supporters, family members and in at least one case their children, … Continued
In January 2019, Ecuador’s national assembly began to debate a bill on allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. If it is passed, Ecuador will join other Latin American countries that already allow abortion for cases of rape, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama. The bill must go through two rounds of debate in the assembly before a final vote. The legislation must then be approved by President … Continued
I. Online course for health care providers in Latin America on midwifery and task-sharing Gynuity’s one-day training developed for public sector health providers in Mexico, has been adapted as an online course. It is conducted in Spanish by a team of multidisciplinary facilitators from Mexico and divided into three modules of 75 minutes each. It will take place in May 2019. Details about the course and how to sign up are available en español aqui. … Continued
Last Friday night, on International Women’s Day, women wanted to organize to fight the patriarchy together. This year the agreed upon slogan was Más juntas que nunca (More together than ever), meaning collectivity and togetherness would be at the very core of the march. International Women’s Day is crucial to the year-round struggles we face as women, it commemorates the achievements the feminist movement has gained and recognizes the plight women around the world still face. … Continued
Este 8 de marzo, Día Internacional de los Derechos de las Mujeres, la Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe – RSMLAC, se suma e invita a todas las manifestaciones de resistencia y movilización que buscan que Estados y sociedades garanticen de manera integral nuestros derechos. Compartimos con ustedes algunos de los eventos que se estarán realizando en el marco de esta fecha en toda la región de América Latina y el … Continued
STATEMENT on 27 February 2019, by: Redaas – Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro Argentina; ELA – Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género; and CEDES – Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad
The number of abortions in Venezuela has grown in recent months, according to workers at family planning clinics and women’s rights advocates. Dozens of interviews with doctors, activists, and women revealed a growing abortion crisis, in which women often end up in hospitals with severe complications.