EL SALVADOR – Supreme Court commutes prison sentences of three more women

The Supreme Court of El Salvador has commuted the sentences of three more women from among “Las 17”, some of whom have been in prison for a decade and more, who were all prosecuted and imprisoned after suffering miscarriages, stillbirths and other obstetric emergencies. The three women, Maria del Transito Orellana, Cinthia Marcela Rodriguez, and Alba Lorena Rodriguez were met by a group of supporters, family members and in at least one case their children, … Continued

ECUADOR – Debating reform of the 1938 abortion law

In January 2019, Ecuador’s national assembly began to debate a bill on allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. If it is passed, Ecuador will join other Latin American countries that already allow abortion for cases of rape, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama. The bill must go through two rounds of debate in the assembly before a final vote. The legislation must then be approved by President … Continued

GYNUITY HEALTH PROJECTS NEWS

I. Online course for health care providers in Latin America on midwifery and task-sharing Gynuity’s one-day training developed for public sector health providers in Mexico, has been adapted as an online course. It is conducted in Spanish by a team of multidisciplinary facilitators from Mexico and divided into three modules of 75 minutes each. It will take place in May 2019. Details about the course and how to sign up are available en español aqui. … Continued

COSTA RICA – Stronger together: A feminist’s view on the 8 March in Costa Rica

Last Friday night, on International Women’s Day, women wanted to organize to fight the patriarchy together. This year the agreed upon slogan was Más juntas que nunca (More together than ever), meaning collectivity and togetherness would be at the very core of the march. International Women’s Day is crucial to the year-round struggles we face as women, it commemorates the achievements the feminist movement has gained and recognizes the plight women around the world still face. … Continued

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN – La Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe (RSMLAC)

Este 8 de marzo, Día Internacional de los Derechos de las Mujeres, la Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe – RSMLAC, se suma e invita a todas las manifestaciones de resistencia y movilización que buscan que Estados y sociedades garanticen de manera integral nuestros derechos. Compartimos con ustedes algunos de los eventos que se estarán realizando en el marco de esta fecha en toda la región de América Latina y el … Continued

VENEZUELA – This woman performed her own abortion and was lucky to survive

The number of abortions in Venezuela has grown in recent months, according to workers at family planning clinics and women’s rights advocates. Dozens of interviews with doctors, activists, and women revealed a growing abortion crisis, in which women often end up in hospitals with severe complications.

EL SALVADOR – “You are not alone!” El Salvador Supreme Court quashes 30-year sentence for miscarriage

Evelyn walked out of the prison on 15 February 2019 to chants of “You are not alone!” She had been convicted of aggravated homicide in July 2017 and sentenced to 30 years, although she had had a stillbirth. During her original trial, she said she had been repeatedly raped by someone in a gang and did not even realise she was pregnant. A high school student at the time, she gave birth in the toilet … Continued

MEXICO – SPOTLIGHT ON A CAMPAIGN MEMBER: GIRE

GIRE is the principal source of the latest information on reproductive justice in Mexico, often cited by lawmakers, media, allied organizations, and academics. In 2018, we found innovative ways to address our priority issues, including the criminalization of abortion, an agenda for the new government with reproductive rights proposals, a research study into the lack of transparency surrounding adoption in Mexico and extensive report on the state of reproductive justice in Mexico.

LATIN AMERICA – Muerte o Carcel: Persecución y Sanción por Aborto

This publication looks at cases in six countries in the region – Argentina, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic and Mexico – where pregnancy may just as well have been the result of forced sex or when abortion was spontaneous, not induced. In these countries it is not just women, girls and adolescents who are prosecuted but also providers of services. The publication aims to serve as a guide to activists and defenders of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America and provide juridical arguments for responding to criminal prosecutions.

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