Latin America’s fight to legalise abortion: the key battlegrounds

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Latin America's fight to legalise abortion: the key battlegrounds
After Argentina rejected a bill to allow abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, hopes of reform now rest elsewhere

Annie Kelly
Thu 9 Aug 2018

An estimated 6.5 million abortions take place across Latin America each year. Three-quarters of these procedures are unlawful, often performed in unsafe illegal clinics or at home.

Of 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana permit elective abortions. Women also have the right to choose in Mexico City. Elsewhere, however, the right to an abortion is severely restricted, with terminations often permitted in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother. Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Suriname all have a complete ban on abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/09/latin-america-fight-to-legalise-abortion-argentina-brazil-chile-venezuela-uruguay-colombia-el-salvador-peru

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Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry

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Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry
Demonstrators suspect anti-abortion activists after three women attacked by masked assailants

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Human rights activists in Chile have expressed shock and concern after masked attackers stabbed three women at a protest in favour of free and legal abortion.

One of the women was wounded in the stomach and two others in the legs during a march in the country’s capital, Santiago, on Wednesday. Their injuries were not described as life-threatening. A policeman was also hurt in the incident.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/29/chile-abortion-rights-rally-attack-stabbing

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Three women stabbed in Chile pro-abortion march

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Three women stabbed in Chile pro-abortion march

28/07/2018
Bridie Chetwin-Kelly

Three women have been stabbed in Santiago, Chile during a march for free and safe abortions.

The women and a police officer were attacked by a group of people wearing hoods, leaving them with non-life threatening injuries.

Santiago resident and pro-abortionist, Ale Silva, told Newshub the group were men from a far-right group, and the Chile media ignored the attack.

Continued: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/07/three-women-stabbed-in-chile-pro-abortion-march.html

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Chileans March En Masse To Expand Legal Abortion Rights

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Chileans March En Masse To Expand Legal Abortion Rights

Published 25 July 2018

Thousands of Chileans are marching in Santiago demanding the right to safe, free and legal abortions, and carrying green bandanas the same as campaigners in Argentina.

Around 40,000 abortion rights activists are taking to the streets of Santiago and several other Chilean cities to demand free, safe and legal abortions.

Activists are out in support of the abortion bill introduced to Congress on Wednesday by legislature Guido Girardi, member of the opposition Party For Democracy. Girardi said as he presented the measure he wants "to open a debate in Chile, a conversation, a democratic process, a space for the vindication of rights and autonomy."

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chileans-March-En-Masse-To-Expand-Legal-Abortion-Rights-20180725-0031.html

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How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America

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How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America
From Uruguay to Chile, medical staff are refusing to provide abortion services even after their legalisation.

Diana Cariboni
18 July 2018

Women’s rights to legal abortion have increased in Latin America – but so have campaigns and policies for medical staff to be able to ‘conscientiously object’ and refuse to participate in these procedures.

“We didn’t see it coming,” said feminist activist Lilián Abracinskas in Uruguay, a secular country where abortion, same-sex marriage and the marijuana market were each legalised in the last decade.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/diana-cariboni/conscientious-objectors-threaten-abortion-rights-latin-america

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We know what it looks like when abortion is illegal. Just look at these countries.

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We know what it looks like when abortion is illegal. Just look at these countries.
Making abortion illegal doesn't mean people stop seeking abortion.

D. Parvaz
Jul 5, 2018

With news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement from the Supreme Court and the likely appointment of a justice who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion could soon be illegal in large parts of the country.

Women and gender minorities would no longer have the right to choose when to have a child — that’s a given, no matter how one thinks of it. We already know what that looks like, since it’s a reality in many other countries.

Continued: https://thinkprogress.org/we-know-what-it-looks-like-when-abortion-is-illegal-just-look-at-these-countries-3ed16c7d91fe/

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Human Rights Watch: Testimony at the Argentine Congress on decriminalization of abortion

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Testimony at the Argentine Congress on decriminalization of abortion
hHuman Rights Watch
June 12, 2018

Dear Congressmen,

Thank you for the invitation to appear before the Argentine Congress to discuss the decriminalization of abortion in the country.

The purpose of my presentation is to present a review of international human rights standards and comparative law that we hope the Argentine Congress will take into account when deciding on the decriminalization of abortion. Human Rights Watch considers the decriminalization of abortion to be a key advancement for women's human rights and a necessary step for Argentina to comply with its international obligations.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/12/testimony-argentine-congress-decriminalization-abortion

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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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CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

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CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

May 18, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, between September 2017 and March 2018, there have been 111 legal abortions – 50 on grounds of risk to the woman’s life, 35 due to fatal fetal anomalies, and 26 following rape. There were also, of course, many more abortions which did not take place within the health care system. But this is a start!!

On 27-28 April, Miles Chile trained 25 health professionals from 10 hospitals and health departments, including social workers, midwives and doctors from public hospitals in the greater metropolitan area of Santiago. The training covered understanding the law and complying with the three legal grounds, up-to-date information about quality of care and abortion methods, and dealing with complications of unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/chile-legal-abortions-in-chile-since-the-new-law-was-passed-and-response-to-political-pushback/

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Chilean women’s lives at risk with ‘backdoor’ restrictions on new abortion law

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Chilean women's lives at risk with 'backdoor' restrictions on new abortion law

Anastasia Moloney
April 5, 2018

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and girls in Chile, including rape victims, will find it harder to access legal abortions - after a total ban was lifted in August - as the government has started allowing clinics to deny services on moral grounds, campaigners said on Thursday.

The new law, allowing abortions when women’s lives are in danger or if a fetus is unviable or the result of rape, was welcomed by rights groups in a region with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-abortion-women/chilean-womens-lives-at-risk-with-backdoor-restrictions-on-new-abortion-law-idUSKCN1HC2VI

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