We are writing to express our disappointment at two recent pronouncements you made related to abortion, which seemed to contradict statements you had made earlier in your Papacy.
The partial decriminalisation of abortion in Chile is a small step forward in a region with more than two million illegal abortions a year. Abortion remains one of the great taboo issues in Latin America. The termination of pregnancy is defined as a crime in almost all national legislation and its recent decriminalization in Chile on three grounds has not reopened the debate in other countries in the region. Yet the gap between the … Continued
Planned Parenthood Global, Amnesty International, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida Mexico (GIRE) and Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI) have joined efforts to raise awareness on forced motherhood and its impact on girls’ lives and futures across Latin America through the “Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign. The campaign calls for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and safe, legal abortion services to end forced motherhood in girls in Latin America. In … Continued
A principal demand of the marchers was a call for El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly to ease the country’s total ban on abortion. While the feminist struggle for full reproductive rights is nothing new in El Salvador, organising efforts over the past few years have gained momentum, found new openings, and are pushing forward the fight for women’s health, safety, and bodily autonomy.
Four Western Hemisphere groups – CHANGE, Anis Instituto de Bioética, International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region, and Promundo-US – are circulating a public statement calling on donors and governments to prioritise a rights-based approach to the Zika crisis.