On 3-6 August 2018, Brazil’s Supreme Court held a public hearing on ADPF 442, the petition to decriminalise abortion in the first trimester. The Anis Bioethical Institute has now published an outlines of the many arguments presented at the hearing in clear, accessible language, grounded in public health, bioethics, international law, social sciences, and the role of religions in a secular state. The evidence is indispensable to any serious debate about health policy on abortion.
The purpose of this article is to examine how the ADPF 54 decision contributed to the constitutionalisation of abortion. First, it established the right to life as a non-absolute right, granting constitutional legitimacy to the system of legal exceptions. Second, it signalled the balancing of constitutional rights as the reasoning paradigm for this issue. Third, in framing the controversy as a matter of balancing constitutionally protected rights, the positions established in the Court ultimately recognized crucial understandings of women’s rights.
A provision that may lead to the complete criminalisation of abortion is moving forward in the Brazilian Senate. Another major battle to preserve our rights is taking form and women´s reproductive rights are at high risk. On 16 April 2019, a constitutional amendment (PEC 29/2015) that aims at inserting the right to life from conception into article 5th of the Constitution was presented to the Commission on Constitution and Justice of the Senate. On 24 … Continued
Con mucho gusto el Observatorio de Sexualidad y Política (Sexuality Policy Watch) en colaboración con Akahata Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros vuelve a diseminar esta publicación digital con ocho textos (artículos y comentarios) seleccionados del número especial “Habemus Género!: La Iglesia Católica e Ideología de Género” de la revista Gender & Religion. También les invitamos a acceder a la plataforma digital del proyecto recién estrenada, donde están disponibles las producciones que datan de … Continued
Why sexuality? “Sex is always political”, and its politicization involves the continual attempt to draw boundaries between “good” and “bad” sex, based on “hierarchies of sexual value” in religion, medicine, public policies and popular culture. These hierarchies “function in much the same ways as do ideological systems of racism, ethnocentrism, and religious chauvinism. They rationalize the well-being of the sexually privileged and the adversity of the sexual rabble.” But in some historical periods, negotiations over … Continued