Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

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Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

Published 9 June 2018

If approved, the law would allow amnesties in cases of crimes against humanity in a country where 45,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the civil war.

A congressional body in Guatemala approved Friday two controversial bills as the citizens of the country are still struggling to cope with the aftermath of the deadly Fuego Volcano tragedy. One of the measures criminalizes abortion and bans same-sex marriage while the other would allow the state to give amnesties to persons implicated in crimes against humanity.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guatemalan-Congress-Uses-Fuego-Tragedy-as-Smokescreen-for-Unpopular-Anti-Abortion-Amnesty-Bills-20180609-0004.html

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Jamaica – Support for motion to decriminalise abortion

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Support for motion to decriminalise abortion

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018

A non-governmental organisation has voiced its support for the motion tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn calling for a debate on the legislation that criminalises abortion.

The Advocates for the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients' Rights in Maternal, Neonatal, and Infant Health (MNIH) said that it welcomed the motion, which calls for the repeal of a statute that threatens women to life imprisonment with or without hard labour.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20180607/support-motion-decriminalise-abortion

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What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America

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What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America
Countries in the Region Should Ease Abortion Restrictions

José Miguel Vivanco
Executive Director, Americas Division @JMVivancoHRW
May 31, 2018

Last week, when 66.4 percent of Irish voters stunned the world by voting to end the country’s ban on abortion, it gave many hope that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean—which have some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws—would join the global trend towards easing abortion restrictions.

Just last year Chile ended its longstanding total abortion ban, allowing the procedure if the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, if the pregnancy is the result of rape, or if the fetus will not survive outside the womb.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/what-irelands-abortion-referendum-means-latin-america

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What Happens When Abortion Is Banned?

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What Happens When Abortion Is Banned?

By Michelle Oberman
May 31, 2018

The world of illegal abortion today looks nothing like it did 45 years ago.

When I first visited Chile, in 2008, it was one of only a handful of countries in the world that banned abortion in all cases, without exception. Given that hundreds of women a year died from botched illegal abortions in the United States before Roe v. Wade, which legalized the procedure in 1973, I expected to find hospitals in Chile overflowing with dying women. Instead, I found that abortion drugs have dramatically altered the situation.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/opinion/sunday/abortion-banned-latin-america.html

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‘Savita!’: why the Irish abortion vote touched women the world over

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'Savita!': why the Irish abortion vote touched women the world over

Finally, a woman’s death at the hands of an old madness did not mean nothing

Van Badham
Wed 30 May 2018

The photograph from the Irish referendum that brought me undone was of white-haired men in the street holding a yellow banner. It read “Grandfathers for Yes”. It came across my phone as I traversed Melbourne in the 86 tram only a couple of days before the vote, like a lobbed bomb of hope and love, relief and change. I sobbed aloud.

It struck with specific weight because there’d been another photo circulating a week earlier of Irish men the same age in a sadly more familiar scenario. “Vote NO” read their own pink signs, “Support women, protect babies, save lives.” That one had left me not in hot tears but a cold rage.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/30/savita-why-the-irish-abortion-vote-touched-women-the-world-over

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Mexico’s Exciting Supreme Court Win for Women and Girls’ Access to Abortion

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Mexico’s Exciting Supreme Court Win for Women and Girls’ Access to Abortion
“This sets a precedent for the whole country. This gives us hope and empowers victims of rape because they know now that the court is on their side.”

Amie Newman
May 14, 2018

Marimar* was 17 years old when she was raped and impregnated by her attacker. She reported the crime to the authorities in Morelos, Mexico where she lived and requested an abortion. The prosecutor’s office sent her to the hospital. Although abortion is legal in the case of rape in Mexico, the bioethics committee at Cuernavaca General Hospital where she sought help kept her in the hospital for two weeks, eventually denying her an abortion.

In 2016 Fernanda* was raped by an acquaintance and became pregnant. She requested access to an abortion, several times, from the health services of Oaxaca. The hospital was on strike and did not do anything but acknowledge receipt of her requests. Fernanda, like Marimar, was denied access to abortion care.

Continued: https://medium.com/@amienewman/mexicos-exciting-supreme-court-win-for-women-and-girls-access-to-abortion-9bab0d905c41

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El Salvador: Failure to decriminalize abortion is a terrible blow to human rights

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El Salvador: Failure to decriminalize abortion is a terrible blow to human rights
26 April 2018

The failure to pass a reform to decriminalize abortion during El Salvador’s latest legislative cycle is a sickening step backwards for human rights, said Amnesty International today.

“El Salvador’s lawmakers have blood on their hands after declining to even discuss the reform to decriminalize abortion. This desperately needed bill would have saved the lives of countless women and girls who are needlessly put at risk by the total ban on abortion. The wasted opportunity to end this injustice is a terrible blow to human rights in El Salvador,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/el-salvador-failure-to-decriminalize-abortion-is-a-terrible-blow-to-human-rights/

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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion

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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion
23 April 2018

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must seize the historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion before the current legislative cycle closes at the end of April, said Amnesty International today.

“Having wasted several opportunities to decriminalize abortion in recent weeks, El Salvador’s lawmakers must act now to pass this landmark reform, which would save the lives of countless women and girls,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/el-salvador-lawmakers-must-approve-bill-to-decriminalize-abortion/

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The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador’s abortion laws

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The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador's abortion laws
The Canadian Press
Lisa Kowalchuk, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Guelph

April 12, 2018

Around the world today we are seeing two opposite tendencies in abortion law reform.

In the Americas, the governments of Bolivia, Chile and Mexico City recently lifted total bans on abortion. Other jurisdictions such as Ohio, several states in Mexico and Poland have passed or attempted tighter restrictions.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/the-unspeakable-cruelty-of-el-salvadors-abortion-laws

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In El Salvador, a 20-Year-Old Faces Prison Time After Giving Birth to Her Stepfather’s Baby in a Latrine

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In El Salvador, a 20-Year-Old Faces Prison Time After Giving Birth to Her Stepfather’s Baby in a Latrine
Imelda Isabel Cortez Palacios is just one of dozens of women in El Salvador who have been imprisoned following birth complications or miscarriages. But her case has taken on greater significance because at the hospital, she informed health professionals that her stepfather had raped her repeatedly between the ages of 12 and 19.

Apr 11, 2018
Kathy Bougher

On April 17, 2017, Imelda Isabel Cortez Palacios, then 19, gave birth to a baby girl in the latrine at her family’s home in the small community of Jiquilisco, La Paz, El Salvador. Cortez says she did not know she was about to give birth; instead, she told her lawyer, in the latrine she “felt something come loose.” She screamed for help before she fainted and started to hemorrhage heavily.

Her mother took her to the local public hospital, where medical personnel determined she had given birth. Because there was no baby or fetus present, they notified police. At the home, the baby was rescued from the latrine without any injuries.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/11/el-salvador-20-year-old-faces-prison-time-giving-birth-stepfathers-baby-latrine/

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