Eighteen years after CEDAW was first ratified, the Foreign Relations Commission of the Chilean Senate (that apparently consists of 6 men and 1 woman) unanimously approved the CEDAW Convention on gender equality, except that the Foreign Minister excepted Articles 8 and 9 on abortion. SOURCE: El Mostrador, 7 August 2019
Feminist organisations in Chile called an anti-racist march for free and legal abortions for 25 July 2019 in celebration of the International Day of Black Latin American and Caribbean Women, as a joint effort to raise all voices against attacks suffered by migrant women and women with African roots in Chile. Hashtag: #AbortamosRacismo “This year we were able to sit down and talk with Afro-Caribbean organizations, which are present in our country, to say that … Continued
Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health challenge. Most births to adolescents (95%) occur in developing countries, where an estimated 21 million girls aged 15–19 became pregnant in 2016, of whom 12 million gave birth. In those countries, an estimated 2.5 million girls under 16 give birth every year.
1. Criminalisation under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases.
2. The misrepresentation of conscientious objection as a new strategy of resistance to abortion decriminalisation
In Chilean history, abortion for therapeutic reasons was allowed until 1989, when a complete ban on abortion was established at the end of the military regime. It was not until August 2017, 23 years after the return of democracy, that Congress decriminalised abortion on three grounds: risk to the life of the pregnant woman, rape, and cases where the fetus is non-viable. The law opened a strong debate about the scope and eligibility for the right to conscientious objection, not only for an individual, but also on an institutional basis.