On 19 August 2020, we published a report of the case of a ten-year-old girl who had to travel halfway across Brazil to have a legal abortion and how the anti-abortion movement acted to try and prevent that abortion and how the forces of justice and supportive health professionals made sure the abortion took place and she got home safely. This week, Sonia Corrêa published a comprehensive report of what happened, and added new information … Continued
Brazil allows abortion only in cases of rape, danger to the woman’s life or anencephaly. Two weeks after anti-abortion activists surrounded a hospital to try to stop a 10-year-old girl, who had been sexually abused for four years, from legally terminating a pregnancy resulting from the abuse, new regulations for rape victims seeking an abortion were published in the official gazette by the interim health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general. The new regulations … Continued
Every hour, four Brazilian girls under the age of 13 years are raped, according to the Brazilian Public Safety Yearbook, and most of these crimes are committed by a relative. On 8 August 2020, the Brazilian press reported the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped by her uncle who lived in the same house where she lives with her grandmother, in the municipality of São Mateus, in the north of … Continued
“The news report described her as an anonymous 31-year-old woman. The subheading read: “Case happened in Bom Jesus do Norte”. From what we know, she was the first woman to die from a clandestine abortion in Brazil during the coronavirus pandemic. She was two months pregnant, according to her husband. Twice she sought help at unsafe abortion houses. She tried a hose, potassium permanganate, syringes. She died of cardiac arrest. Why did she persist? We do not know, nor do her innermost reasons matter. It is enough to know that she was a woman determined not to be forced into maternity during the pandemic.”
Global Doctors for Choice/Brazil is connected to an international network of doctors in more than 25 countries around the world who are committed to defending human rights and providing high quality evidence-based healthcare services. By defending evidence-based public policies and medical practices, we have been making efforts to protect and expand access to ample reproductive health care for women and girls. We would like to express our deep disagreement on the withdrawal of the Technical Note No.16/2020 by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. We are also seriously concerned at the possibility of suspension of sexual and reproductive healthcare services in Brazil due to contingency measures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.