By a vote of 8-2 on 13 December 2018, Chile’s Constitutional Court struck down a portion of the Regulation on Conscientious Objection of the Law on Abortion that prohibited private hospitals and clinics to refuse to perform abortions on grounds of conscience if they received state money for obstetric and gynaecological services. The Court had accepted an appeal in early December by senators of the Chile Vamos coalition (four centre-right parties headed by President Piñera), … Continued
This publication reports on all maternal deaths in Chile 2000-2015; convictions for the crime of abortion: 158 women, 58 men in 2007-2017, but the numbers fell a lot from 2014; number of women (total 394) who had legal abortions from September 2017 through 16 June 2018; extent of conscientious objection by health service district, profession and legal ground for abortion; numbers of women who accepted offer of psychosocial accompaniment; and details of three new bills liberalising the law that have been tabled in April, May and August.
This is the final entry in our symposium on the one-year anniversary of the Chilean Constitutional Court’s abortion decision. We reiterate our warmest thanks to Professor Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado for convening this symposium for our readers.
Human rights activists and feminist groups have expressed shock and anger after hooded attackers tried to stop the march and attacked three women at a huge rally in support of safe, legal abortion on 25 July in Santiago. One of the women was wounded in the abdomen and two others in the legs. A policeman was also hurt in the incident. “With the huge power and size that the feminist movement is reaching,” says the … Continued
In response to the success in June 2018 in passing a liberal law on abortion in the lower house of the Argentina Congress, the Commission on Gender of the Liberal Party of Chile has said the party will table another law reform bill which will allow abortion on broader grounds than the law passed in Chile last year. While a new bill may have little or no chance of success in the short run, the … Continued
As part of a joint project to support the introduction of legal abortion services in Chile, Gynuity and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) have been assisting the Chilean Ministry of Health (MINSAL) in training multidisciplinary teams of obstetrician-gynaecologists, midwives, social workers, and psychologists in medical abortion care and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for first and second trimester abortions. Since December 2017, MINSAL has conducted more than 20 three-day trainings in seven regional hospitals nationwide. NAF … Continued
According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, between September 2017 and March 2018, there have been 111 legal abortions – 50 on grounds of risk to the woman’s life, 35 due to fatal fetal anomalies, and 26 following rape. There were also, of course, many more abortions which did not take place within the health care system. But this is a start!! On 27-28 April, Miles Chile trained 25 health professionals from 10 hospitals and … Continued
In Chile, the feminist movement is mobilising to defend the new abortion law and ensure that access to legal abortion services becomes a reality for the women who need them. However, in March, soon after the new government took power, although they had said they would not attempt to withdraw the law, the new Minister of Health Santelices moved quickly to modify the regulations for implementing the law that had been adopted under Michelle … Continued
The Guardian reports that: “Chile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet, including prominent conservative figures and some politicians once closely aligned with the Pinochet dictatorship.” They go on to report: “The new ministerial lineup is dominated by men in their 60s. None of the most senior positions will go to women, who will head just seven out of the 23 ministries… The new minister for women and gender equality, … Continued
Lidia Casas’ presentation: Speaking on behalf of: Asociación Nacional de Funcionarias y Funcionarios del Servicio Nacional de la Mujer; Agrupación Nacional de Empleados Fiscales; Central Unitaria de Trabajadores; y Karla Rubilar, Diputada, Cámera de Diputados, Chile