In a major step forward for reproductive rights in Bolivia, women and girls can now access safe, legal abortion in the first eight weeks of pregnancy under a broad range of circumstances. This historic law change, enacted on 15 December 2017 when Acting President Alvaro Garcia Linera signed the nation’s newly revised Penal Code, which contains specific provisions for legal abortion. This comes after years of advocacy by a grassroots movement representing Bolivia’s diverse population. … Continued
Article 153 on abortion in the draft criminal code was approved on September 28 in the Chamber of Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia.It allows abortion up to eight weeks of pregnancy without penalty if the woman is responsible for senior citizens with disabilities or for minors, and also if continuing the pregnancy presents a risk to the life or health of the woman, there are fetal malformations incompatible with life, if the … Continued
In August seven women accused of abortion in five cities were arrested, compared to two cases in the past seven months. Five other people were also arrested as accomplices. Doctors, who filed the complaints in the majority of cases said they were complying with the law in order to avoid being seen as accomplices. But they are also failing to respect the confidentiality of their patients and stop women with abortion complications seeking care, … Continued
Abortion is currently illegal in Bolivia except in cases of rape, incest and risk to the woman’s health. Until recently, these abortions had to be approved by a judge. Clandestine abortions are therefore common. The Women’s Hospital of La Paz reported that in 2015, 10 women a day were admitted in a critical state as a result of unsafe abortions. The government party, el Movimiento al Socialismo, introduced the bill in March this year, and … Continued
“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 country to a hearing on 11 April, in front of the Constitution Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. The hearing was to discuss amendments that the Committee had tabled to Article 157 of the draft … Continued
A proposal for reforming the law on abortion is making “a lot of noise” in Bolivia, according to one media source. The President of the Bolivian Senate, José Alberto González, confirmed to the media on 10 March that the proposals are part of broader reforms to the country’s Penal Code, which are being considered by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. While he recognised, he said, that there are views on both sides … Continued
Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system ̶ an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortions.