Abortion and Human Rights – Health and Human Rights Journal Special Section

For this journal edition, Alicia Ely Yamin, Paola Bergallo and Marge Berer guest edited 18 papers on the theme of “Abortion and Human Rights”. The papers worked from what the editorial described as the recognition that: “Abortion was and is necessarily about reproductive, gender, and social justice, and was recognized as such from early on in many countries, especially in the global South. It was and is about women and girls being fully human and therefore able to have control over their sexual and reproductive lives.” The papers address these issues in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Estonia, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Peru, Thailand. Other papers discussed broad themes, including the meaning of decriminalisation of abortion, regulation of abortion according to length of pregnancy, regulation of conscientious objection, the role of international human rights norms, and the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health Care.

Special Section: Abortion and Human Rights

Volume 19, Issue 1, June 2017

GUEST EDITORS: Alicia Ely Yamin, Paola Bergallo, and Marge Berer

Table of Contents (https://www.hhrjournal.org/june-2017/)

EDITORIAL  Narratives of essentialism and exceptionalism: the challenges and possibilities of using human rights to improve access to safe abortion
Alicia Ely Yamin and Paola Bergallo


DISCUSSION Abortion law and policy around the world: in search of decriminalization
Marge Berer

Theorizing time in abortion law and human rights
Joanna N. Erdman


The Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health Care and Anti-Abortion Activism: examples from Latin America
Lynn M Morgan


Regulation of conscientious objection to abortion: an international comparative multiple-case study
Wendy Chavkin, Laurel Swerdlow, and Jocelyn Fifield


The role of international human rights norms in the liberalization of abortion laws globally
Johanna B Fine, Katherine Mayall, and Lilian Sepúlveda


Pregnancy and the 40-year prison sentence: how “abortion is murder” became institutionalized in the Salvadoran judicial system
Jocelyn Viterna and Jose Santos Guardado Bautista


Pregnancies and fetal anomalies incompatible with life in Chile: arguments and experiences in advocating for legal reform
Lidia Casas and Lieta Vivaldi


Legal knowledge as a tool for social change: La Mesa por la Vida y la Salud de las Mujeres as an expert on Colombian abortion law
Ana Cristina González Vélez and Isabel Cristina Jaramillo

The battle over abortion rights in Brazil’s state arenas, 1995-2006
Marta Rodriguez De Assis Machado and Débora Alves Maciel

Abortion rights legal mobilization in the Peruvian media, 1990–2015
Camila Gianella

The moderating influence of international courts on social movements: evidence from the IVF case against Costa Rica
Julieta Lemaitre and Rachel Sieder

Why is a “good abortion law” not enough? the case of Estonia
Liiri Oja

Macro- and micro-political vernaculizations of rights: human rights and abortion discourses in Northern Ireland
Claire Pierson and Fiona Bloomer

Exploring legal restrictions, regulatory reform, and geographic disparities in abortion access in Thailand
Grady Arnott, Grace Sheehy, Orawee Chinthakanan, and Angel M Foster

Decriminalization and women’s access to abortion in Australia
Barbara Baird

Australia: abortion and human rights
Ronli Sifris and Suzanne Belton

PERSPECTIVE Abortion care in Nepal, 15 years after legalization: gaps in access, equity, and quality
Wan-Ju Wu, Sheela Maru, Kiran Regmi, and Indira Basnett