COLOMBIA: STATEMENT – “Not one step back from legal, free and safe abortion in Colombia”

After the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, it is ratified that the country can NOT go back in terms of abortion and that the three circumstances in which access to this service has been allowed since 2006, are a fundamental right that the State must guarantee. Organizations that work for the rights of women respect the decision of the Constitutional Court [to reject] the lawsuits filed to prohibit abortion in any circumstances. … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND: PRESS RELEASE – Women’s health doctors support NHS abortion services in Northern Ireland, new survey shows

An ongoing survey being conducted by Ulster University, Northern Ireland, and University College London (UCL) has found that a significant majority of National Health Service obstetricians and gynaecologists in Northern Ireland have indicated their support for delivering abortion services. The survey provides valuable insight on the new abortion care services, which will soon be required following the UK Parliament’s decision last year to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Before then the UK Parliament and the … Continued

ARGENTINA: POLITICAL ANALYSIS

In 2018, Argentina underwent a historical debate on the right to abortion. Over a period of three months, 845 speakers both for and against legalization expressed their opinions and presented their knowledge at the committees’ plenary sessions of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate, and 235 legislators expressed their conclusions during the voting sessions in those Chambers. Despite the Senate’s rejection of the Bill, over a year after the debate the social interest and mobilization that resulted still persist. However, together with the “green wave” and the social decriminalization of abortion, some conservative and even reactionary demands and anti-choice movements appeared and gained visibility both in Argentina and throughout the region.

EL SALVADOR: CALL FOR FREEDOM

El Salvador has repeatedly drawn worldwide attention due to its restrictive legislation on sexual and reproductive rights. From cases such as that of Evelyn Hernández last year, initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, until today, when defamation is heaped upon health personnel who defend women’s health. Health professionals such as medical doctor Victoria Ramírez, president of the Salvadoran Medical Union for Women’s Health and Life, are attacked and harassed on social networks for taking on the defence of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Conservative organisations are promoting a campaign of defamation, ignoring the contribution of her work and expertise to achieving legislative changes that will improve the reality in which the most vulnerable women in El Salvador live.

KENYA: CONFERENCE SPEECH – Women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want one

In a speech at the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in February 2020, Nairobi County Women’s Representative Esther Passaris said women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want it, should not have children they can’t take care of. She expressed concern over women living in the slums who use abortion instead of family planning methods, resulting to inevitable deaths, and high rates of inhumane disposal of innocent infants. … Continued

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