URUGUAY – Legal barriers to access abortion services through a human rights lens: the Uruguayan experience

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) has increasingly gained importance in the field of international human rights law. The work of the United Nations bodies, in particular the recently adopted General Comment 22 (GC 22), has been instrumental in signalling the importance of the SRH legal framework and in setting clear guidelines to steer countries into enacting/modifying/repealing national laws in order to comply with their international obligations…. Although within the region Uruguay is regarded as a pioneer in terms of women’s status and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, evidence points to a number of challenges.

Supreme Court of Justice ruling declares ruling limiting the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy law unconstitutional in Uruguay

Mujer y Salud en Uruguay considers the Supreme Court of Justice ruling (dated 27 April and released on 18 May 2017) to be encouraging, because it declares as inadmissible and unconstitutional the action seeking to limit the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy Act of 2012. The case was initiated in February 2017 by a man from Mercedes who sought to stop a woman with an unwanted pregnancy from terminating it, claiming he was involved and was … Continued

URUGUAY: SOLIDARITY REQUEST

A young woman has this week been sentenced to a term in prison for homicide in the city of Rivera in Uruguay. She gave birth in the bathroom of her house unaware that she was even pregnant. She was accused of manslaughter, which the judge, Darwin Rampoldi, used to sentence her for having “aborted” the pregnancy.

Attempt to stop a legal abortion not yet fully resolved in Uruguay

  On 3 March 2017, we reported on a court case in Uruguay in which a woman was denied a completely legal abortion by a judge who sided with her former partner by ruling that her reasons were not acceptable. Her lawyer moved to appeal the ruling, but before the appeal could be heard, the woman miscarried due to the the stress, mistreatment and public exposure she was suffering. Since then, on 10 March, the … Continued

Young woman denied a legal abortion may take legal action against judge in Uruguay

  A judge in the city of Mercedes, Soriano, has ruled against a woman having an abortion who was booked for the abortion on 23 February. The ruling came after her ex–partner tabled an amparo asking the court to delay the abortion so that he could challenge her decision. The judge agreed to hear the case and then assigned a solicitor for the fetus, who was permitted to question the woman about her reasons for … Continued

Reform of abortion law in Uruguay: context, process and lessons learned

ABSTRACT On October 22, 2012, Uruguayan President José Mujica signed into law the “Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy” bill …which was the fruit of more than two decades of advocacy, led by feminist organizations in alliance with trade unions, student groups and other actors, including the medical sector and key political leaders. Abortion reform in Uruguay has been the focus of several excellent studies. This article, based on a descriptive study of the context and political … Continued

A Harm Reduction Model for Safe Abortion in Uruguay

This newsletter summarises all the papers in this supplement, based on excerpts from the actual text, with permission from Anibal Faúndes. The full papers are available on an open access basis under a Creative Commons licence.

Using Uruguay’s harm reduction approach to allow women with Zika infection to have legal abortions & WHO advice on Zika

The Vice Minister of Public Health in Uruguay, who introduced a harm reduction policy for reducing the risk of unsafe abortions before the country’s abortion law was reformed, has suggested a similar policy in relation to Zika infection | WHO releases new advice on Olympic Games, Zika infection, pregnancy and safer sex.

URUGUAY: A Statement and a Video to Mark 28 September

Mujer y Salud en Uruguay, together with the Secretary of Gender, Equality and Diversity of the PIT- CNT (National Trade Union Centre), would like to share the statement and a link to our video below marking 28 September. / En el marco del 28 de setiembre, Día Internacional por la Despenalización del Aborto, MYSU presenta el video Aborto en Uruguay: cronología feminista de una lucha. Uruguay is one of the few countries that has made … Continued

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