Veracruz state law allows abortion only in the case of rape, requires a police report of the rape, and the abortion must be within 90 days. In 2019, a judge in Xalapa, Veracruz, approved an injunction ordering the state’s Congress to remove articles 149, 150 and 154 of the local penal code. This would have decriminalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowed abortions for health reasons, and removed the time limit on … Continued
“Back then, I was getting ready to go to the Mexico City airport to travel to the annual meeting of a group of sexual and reproductive health specialists when a rumor was spreading online that the first case of Covid-19 had been documented in Mexico. It swiftly became clear that the rumor was fact. A colleague, who coordinates training for our loose and vulnerable national network of abortion providers, reported that her husband, an internist at one of Mexico’s most exclusive private hospitals, was treating that first Covid case…”
She died the day after her 93rd birthday. Emmanuelle Piet’s expression of admiration is for a woman who was committed to the fight against inequalities and women’s freedom – for the right to abortion, the abolition of the death penalty, criminalisation of rape, decriminalisation of homosexuality, and much more.
In Haiti, abortion could be legalised, according to Marie Giselhaine Mompremier, Minister for the Status of Women, who defends the new penal code, published 24 June 2020, because it allows voluntary termination of pregnancy under certain conditions. The right of Haitian women to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy is implicitly recognised by the new penal code, she says, but it still carries criminal penalties outside certain conditions. “There is no offence if the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, or when the physical or mental health of the woman is at stake” underlining that “all abortions must be performed with the consent of the woman, in a medical facility and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, under penalty of 5 to 7 years in prison and heavy fines”.
In Côte d’Ivoire, safe abortion is only legal following rape and in case of risk to the life of the woman. Moreover, the woman must request an abortion and the attending physician or surgeon must seek the advice of up to two consulting physicians, who, after examination, attest that her life can only be saved by this intervention. Honorine Adou Secreoua, president of Action against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancies (AGnDR) has called on the State to harmonise its law with Article 14.2c of the Maputo Protocol, which allows for legal abortion on wider grounds. AGnDR, set up in February 2019 in response to the high ratio of maternal deaths in the country, is a sub-group of 29 organisations who form the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (CSCSR/PF). They are fighting for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, in accordance with the Maputo Protocol more broadly.