ARGENTINA – Cruelty and harassment in Jujuy

We – civil society organizations, medical associations and professionals dedicated to the protection of the human rights of women as well as the promotion and access to their sexual and reproductive rights – express our support to those who intervened professionally in the case of the abused girl in the province of Jujuy carrying out medical practice. We repudiate the persecution of health professionals who worked in compliance with the rules and who acted within … Continued

ARGENTINA – Abortion rights movement will try again in 2019

The National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, a collective of several hundred groups and organisations in Argentina, have announced they will embark on their 8th try in March 2019 to get the Congress to legalise abortion. This time around promoters of the bill hope to create a greater consensus following the 2018 experience where the initiative was passed in the House of Representatives but voted down by 38 to 31 in the Senate. … Continued

ARGENTINA – In a student body of 200, 30 girls aged 12-19 are pregnant

About ten kilometers south of San Salvador de Jujuy is Alto Comedero, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the area. There is a state school of mixed secondary level, attended by less than 200 students. Today, 30 of the girls are pregnant. They are aged 12-19 years old. We asked the directors of a number of schools about this issue. Many did not want to answer, perhaps because they feel guilty that this is happening. … Continued

ARGENTINA – 3,700 people, mostly women, formally leave Catholic church over stance on abortion

More than 3,700 people have submitted apostasy requests to the Argentinian synod in protest against the Church’s heavy-handed anti-abortion campaign during the debate in the Senate, according to César Rosenstein, a lawyer and founding member of the Argentinian Coalition for a Lay State. “Apostasy is an important symbolic and political act,” said Rosenstein, who said that visits to the group’s website had shot up since the vote from 100 daily unique users to around 40,000 … Continued

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried … Continued

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