Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is a step towards decriminalising abortion

Abortion is currently illegal in Bolivia except in cases of rape, incest and risk to the woman’s health. Until recently, these abortions had to be approved by a judge. Clandestine abortions are therefore common. The Women’s Hospital of La Paz reported that in 2015, 10 women a day were admitted in a critical state as a result of unsafe abortions. The government party, el Movimiento al Socialismo, introduced the bill in March this year, and … Continued

National Pact for the Decriminalization of Abortion addresses Constitution Committee in Bolivia

“Give women 22 weeks to decide”, “Not just one legal abortion per woman…” were among the demands presented by advocates from the National Pact for the Decriminalisation of Abortion in Bolivia, a group of 50 organisations from all over the country to a hearing on 11 April, in front of the Constitution Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. The hearing was to discuss amendments that the Committee had tabled to Article 157 of the draft … Continued

Abortion law reform debate in the public domain in Bolivia

A proposal for reforming the law on abortion is making “a lot of noise” in Bolivia, according to one media source. The President of the Bolivian Senate, José Alberto González, confirmed to the media on 10 March that the proposals are part of broader reforms to the country’s Penal Code, which are being considered by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. While he recognised, he said, that there are views on both sides … Continued

In Bolivia, Ipas trains police and judicial workers on legal provisions for abortion

Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system ̶ an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortions.

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