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.
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
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
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.
Barely more than children themselves when they give birth, many of the forgotten mothers of Zika-stricken babies in the Brazilian state of Alagoas are shiny-new teenagers, just learning to navigate their developing bodies. Traversing the challenges of motherhood at that … Continued
The first safe abortion information hotline in the history of Brazil was launched on 28 September 2017. The hotline’s name is TamoJunta, which means “we are together” in Brazilian slang. The website is http://tamojunta.milharal.org and the phone number is +55 (11) … Continued
The National Front for decriminalization and legalization of abortion is calling Protest marches to be held in various Brazilian cities on 28 September. On 27 September the Front will also be running a Feminist 24 hour Protest Streamon Facebook. An warm-up session in … Continued
An unexpected amendment, scheduled for a vote on 20 September, has been called a “Trojan horse” because it aims to sabotage the real purpose of the bill, which is to create important benefits for women’s reproductive health by … Continued
Since Sexuality Policy Watch began systematically reporting on abortion politics in Brazil, they have been tracking how struggles over abortion have reflected a wider, escalating political crisis in the country. In March 2015, when a group of feminists visited the … Continued
The criminalization of abortion by the 1940 Brazilian Penal Code is incompatible with women’s fundamental rights enshrined in the 1988 Federal Constitution. This premise grounds the petition presented to the Supreme Court (STF), on March 7th 2017, by … Continued