Abortion rights at the Supreme Court: a public debate in Brazil

    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

PRESS RELEASE: Petition to Supreme Court of Brazil seeks decriminalization of abortion

A petition was filed today, 7 March 2017, with the Brazilian Supreme Court which calls for the decriminalization of abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. The petition was filed by the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL), with support from Anis – Institute of Bioethics.

Microcephaly in infants of people with Zika virus declining in Brazil

The headline in the Washington Post on 7 February was: “The panic is over at Zika’s epicenter. But for many, the struggle has just begun.” However; cases have not disappeared, even though the numbers have fallen, and families are coping with the children who were born, as the article reports with many examples.

As many as 70% of Recife’s inhabitants contracted Zika in 2015 and 2016, according to Pedro Pires, an obstetrician-gynaecologist who specializes in Zika. However, that high rate of infection likely prevented a revival of the epidemic in recent months because most of the population has become immune.

Special Announcement: Symposium on Brazilian abortion ruling

Late last year, in an historic ruling for the region, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Brazil held that a criminal prohibition on obtaining an abortion before the end of the first trimester violates the fundamental rights of women as well as the principle of proportionality. Writing for the majority, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso wrote that “women bear alone the integral burden of pregnancy.”

A new ruling in the Brazilian Supreme Court prior to the hearing on the Zika submission: notes from Debora Diniz and Sonia Correa

“It is important to clarify, as there’s been some confusion even in the national media, that this decision does not mean the decriminalization of abortion in Brazil: it is just one case, and according to our procedural law, it is not a binding precedent. It is, however, a clear and strategic message.”

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