LATIN AMERICA – Girls, Not Mothers

The Girls, Not Mothers campaign materials for 28 September 2019 speak to the theme that abortion is a health right. A general video and videos (mp4) on Ecuador, Perú, Guatemala y Nicaragua have the same message – that girls who have been sexually abused need protection, not the obstruction of their rights, and that abortion is a legal health service in most countries in Latin America and can save the lives of girls who have been abused. The … Continued

ECUADOR – Ecuador’s parliament votes against allowing abortion in cases of rape and fetal anomaly by five votes, with six abstaining

Based in a 1938 law, abortion is not punishable in Ecuador if “it has been carried out to avoid a danger to the life or health of the pregnant woman and if this danger cannot be avoided by other means.” The law reform proposed to the Assembly would also have allowed abortion “if the pregnancy is a consequence of rape or incest, insemination without consent, or if the embryo or fetus suffers from an acquired … Continued

ECUADOR – Women demand decriminalisation of abortion for rape victims

Ecuador’s legislators are currently debating penal reforms, including some that would allow access to abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. Abortion is currently only allowed when the woman’s health is at risk or if the pregnancy is the result of the rape of someone with a mental disability. Wearing green handkerchiefs and carrying placards reading: “Surviving an abortion is a class privilege”, dozens of women demonstrated in Quito outside the National … Continued

ECUADOR / GUATEMALA / NICARAGUA – “You’re not supposed to go to health centres and end up in prison”

(Karen Duque, Public Defender, Ecuador) On 29 May, reproductive rights groups in Latin America petitioned the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of four young Latin American rape survivors who were forced to carry their unwanted pregnancies to term and become “mothers against their will”. The girls are from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. They were younger than 14 years old when they were raped, two by relatives and one by a local parish priest. The … Continued

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