VENEZUELA – De la Escucha a la Palabra, Informe sobre 2020 

(From Listening to Informing, 2020 Report) 

Once again we present a report on abortion care of the Abortion Line: Safe Information, on our 10th anniversary. In these ten years, we have learned and experienced a lot, as both a collective and as individuals. One of the most valuable lessons has been understanding the importance of accompaniment as a politically transformative practice. Thus, for all of us, a safe abortion is one that is autonomous and accompanied, as one of our organising principles. This report also takes energy from the legalisation of abortion in Argentina following an intense struggle. We give an enormous feminist salute to the green wave and to everyone who made this reality possible. In this we state once more our commitment to inclusive language, speaking not only about women but also all pregnant people who must be made visible in numbers and in their diversity in the struggle for sexual and reproductive rights…. On one hand, prevention of unsafe abortions, guarantee of access to information on how to have an abortion with pills safely. On the other hand, developing formative processes on sexuality, contraception and SRHR, under the heading of pleasurable and responsible sexuality…

Data about those who phoned the helpline 
On 28 September last year, we mobilised, for the first time in the history of our country, more than 400 women and pregnant people who marched for safe abortion. Without a doubt, this event was a milestone in the long struggle for access to legal abortion in Venezuela and the beginning of the construction of a common political agenda that allows placing the right to abortion on the national political agenda. We still have a long way to go, but we celebrate the steps we have taken and we want to thank everyone, women and pregnant people, who have trusted us to accompany them.

In 2020, we took 781 calls to our helpline, from people whose median age was 25.8. Some 42% were in paid work, 24% were students, 12% were both, and 9% did domestic work only. Of those who reported receiving an income, 45% received between US$5 and $12 per month in 2020. Some 51% were mothers of 1-4 children, of whom 32% had one child. 69% said they had never used contraception in the relationship in which they became pregnant. For 85%, contact with us on the helpline was the first they had heard about abortion with pills. 86% of them supported legalisation of abortion.

The report continues with information on the very restricted legal status of abortion, abortion in the context of SRHR, looking at Venezuela in the context of the Latin American region, and a summary of the process of supporting and accompanying those who had an abortion. And then a section with data on the women themselves, where they lived, and much much more. lus conclusions and recommendations.

Informe completo en español, by Faldas-R, 25 November 2021