BRAZIL – The turbulence in Brazil continues

As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.

BRAZIL – Developments regarding Amendment No.181 banning abortion

Amendment No.181, a provision to include protection of life from conception to the text of the Constitution of Brazil, was approved by the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November. It would criminalize abortion under all circumstances. … Continued

UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – UN High Commissioner calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for obstetric emergencies

  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement on 17 November that El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion … Continued

MEXICO – Persecution of woman who miscarried in Querétaro

DM was convicted of homicide following a miscarriage in February 2015 – part of a growing trend to criminalise pregnant women in conservative parts of Mexico like Querétaro. The day the miscarriage happened, DM dropped her 7 year old daughter … Continued

BRAZIL – ‘A RAPIST IS NOT A FATHER’: Brazilian women protest bill totally banning abortion

  When the vote was taken in the Chamber of Deputies Commission, and 18 men voted in favour with only one woman there to say no, it has been reported that the men celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no … Continued

BRAZIL: URGENT REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY

Activists and members of civil society who are gathered at the Special Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the city of Santiago, Chile from 7-9 November 2017, denounce the threat to sexual and reproductive rights currently taking place in Brazil.

JAMAICA – Health minister orders abortion audit to learn the extent of unsafe abortions

A Sunday Gleaner article reported that between January and September of this year, of the 1,088 pregnant women who presented to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital with bleeding in early pregnancy, 91 admitted to having attempted to have an abortion and … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Beatriz, who brought El Salvador’s abortion ban to the world stage in 2013, has died following a motorcycle accident

    “Beatriz was our friend, a warrior, who never stopped fighting for her life,” said the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, in a statement. Beatriz Garcia, whose fight against El Salvador’s draconian prohibitions on abortion moved the … Continued

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