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
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.
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.
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.”
Brazil now has confirmed 1,845 cases of congenital Zika syndrome in babies (TORCHZ) in a group of 9,091 suspected cases. A large proportion (56%) of women reported that they had avoided (or tried to avoid) pregnancy because of the Zika epidemic.
“We present the results of the Brazilian National Abortion Survey 2016 (PNA 2016) and compare them to those obtained in the PNA 2010 for the profile of women and the magnitude of abortion. In line with the PNA 2010, most women took medication to have an abortion and half of all women were hospitalized to complete the abortion.”