ECUADOR – Debating reform of the 1938 abortion law

In January 2019, Ecuador’s national assembly began to debate a bill on allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest and forced artificial insemination. If it is passed, Ecuador will join other Latin American countries that already allow abortion for cases of rape, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama. The bill must go through two rounds of debate in the assembly before a final vote. The legislation must then be approved by President … Continued

ECUADOR SOLIDARITY REQUEST – Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir

Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir (National Assembly of Ecuador: It is urgent to decriminalise #AbortionAfterRape #LetMeDecide) Queridas compañeras estamos iniciando una acción de firmas para respaldar #AbortoPorViolación en la discusión en el Pleno de la Asamblea que se realizará desde manana temprano en Quito. Como antecedente el texto que se aprobó  en la Comisión  de Justicia incluye violación, incesto, estupro y  malformaciones incompatibles con la vida. Por favor para que lo puedan … Continued

ECUADOR – Knowledge and attitudes of the laws of abortion and clinical practice guidelines of abortion in Ecuador between undergraduate medical students and gynecology and obstetrics residents

There is a lack of knowledge about the abortion laws in Ecuador among medical students and post-graduates in gynecology and obstetrics. Negative attitudes regarding abortion were found

ECUADOR – A case of censorship on Facebook

Las Comadres Ecuador writes: On 2 April 2018 our fanpage of Las Comadres, a network that accompanies women who seek safe abortion, was taken down from Facebook. We have carried out the relevant procedures in collaboration with organisations that work on the issue of digital rights and the page was reinstated a week later. The reason given for taking down the page is the same one as has been used in the past – that … Continued

ECUADOR – Accompanying women through medical abortion

  Las Comadres, the name of a group which loosely translates as The Godmothers, or Very Close Friends, is a feminist group whose members accompany women through an abortion and provide them with medical and legal information. In July 2017, they ran their first national workshop on accompanying abortion. The workshop, attended by 45 women, focused on legal, medical and psychological issues women may face, and how to be prepared for them.  The most important … Continued

Concerns about the criminalisation of abortion in the new Ecuadorian Organic Integrated Criminal Code

According to the non-governmental organizations who attended the Committee hearings and presented shadow reports, the State did not answer the experts’ questions on issues such as freedom of expression, human trafficking, and women’s rights, among others. This information must be sent, in writing, by the Ecuadorian State to the Committee.

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