What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned

What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned

Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division
June 10, 2019

As Republicans in states around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination.

Women and girls across Latin America are already living in places where abortion is heavily restricted or completely banned. In the past year, I’ve done research for Human Rights Watch in two countries that ban abortion completely, without any exceptions, even if the woman’s life is in danger.
Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/10/what-life-when-abortion-banned

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Argentina activists renew fight to legalise abortion

Argentina activists renew fight to legalise abortion
Thousands of abortion rights advocates march in Buenos Aires as new legislation is presented in Congress.

by Natalie Alcoba
May 28, 2019

Buenos Aires - In scenes that were repeated across Argentina, thousands of people streamed along the arteries of the capital city of Buenos Aires on Tuesday for a massive demonstration that marked the next chapter in the fight to legalise abortion in the country.

Defiantly thrusting arms brandishing the campaign's emblematic green handkerchief up in the air, the crowd converged before the National Congress, where the new project to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy was officially presented.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/argentina-activists-renew-fight-legalise-abortion-190528222852233.html

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Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

By Jamie Samhan
May 18, 2019

Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.

The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/454333/abortion-protests-come-to-cannes/

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BRAZIL – Constitutional amendment threatens abortion rights in Brazil

BRAZIL – Constitutional amendment threatens abortion rights in Brazil

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
May 14, 2019

A provision that may lead to the complete criminalisation of abortion is moving forward in the Brazilian Senate. Another major battle to preserve our rights is taking form and women´s reproductive rights are at high risk.

On 16 April 2019, a constitutional amendment (PEC 29/2015) that aims at inserting the right to life from conception into article 5th of the Constitution was presented to the Commission on Constitution and Justice of the Senate.

continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/constitutional-amendment-threatens-abortion-rights-in-brazil/

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Ecuador’s Crackdown on Abortion Is Putting Women in Jail

Ecuador’s Crackdown on Abortion Is Putting Women in Jail
For decades, abortion was considered a private matter. Now, a Nation investigation shows, women who terminate—or lose—pregnancies are facing prosecution and prison time.

By Zoë Carpenter
May 7, 2019 (May 20-27 Issue, The Nation)

Last year, a lawyer named Cristina Torres got a cryptic phone call from a young woman. The caller explained that she was contacting Torres on behalf of her mother, Sara (a pseudonym), who was imprisoned in the city of Latacunga, a windy crossroads on the Pan-American Highway, high on the volcanic plateau of central Ecuador. Sara was hoping to secure a form of legal relief that would allow her to serve part of her remaining sentence outside of detention. The woman asked Torres to take on her mother’s case—but as for the crime that Sara had been charged with, the daughter preferred not to speak of it. Just go visit my mother, she pleaded.

So Torres drove to Latacunga and, in the prison’s visiting room, met a tall woman with an upturned nose and honey-colored eyes. As Torres would learn, she’d had a difficult life. As a teenager, Sara said, she was raped by her aunt’s husband and became pregnant.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/ecuador-abortion-miscarriage-prosecution/

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Las Comadres Is Fighting to Make Abortion Safe in Ecuador—Even While It’s Illegal

Las Comadres Is Fighting to Make Abortion Safe in Ecuador — Even While It’s Illegal
The group represents a new tactic in abortion-rights activism, which skirts legal restrictions and the often risky surgical procedures that defined clandestine abortions in the past.

By Zoë Carpenter
May 2, 2019

Quito, Ecuador — The first time Tamia Maldonado accompanied a woman through an abortion, she was just 18. They met at a lush, quiet park near the center of the city. There, Maldonado explained how to order the pills online, through a Dutch NGO that provides them cheaply and safely. Maldonado told the woman how to take them, what to expect afterwards, and what symptoms might indicate that something had gone awry. She gave her a pamphlet with instructions and the number for a lawyer, just in case.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/abortion-activism-prosecutions-ecuador/

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Argentina – How Doctors And The Church Conspired To Stop An 11-Year-Old Girl From Having An Abortion After Rape

How Doctors And The Church Conspired To Stop An 11-Year-Old Girl From Having An Abortion After Rape
Lucía was raped at 11. Her family’s demands for a legal abortion became the center of a global firestorm — and she still doesn’t know the whole story.

Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed News Reporter
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Posted on April 13, 2019

SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — Lucía sat up in her hospital bed as the priest made the sign of the cross on her forehead, the 11-year-old’s bulging belly visible underneath her pajama shirt.

“Think long and hard about what you’re considering doing,” Lucía’s mother remembered the priest telling them. “Save both lives,” he said.

Lucía wasn’t sure what the priest was talking about. She only knew her grandmother’s partner had done something bad to her and now she had a terrible stomachache.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/argentina-lucia-catholic-church-abortion

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Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

Yana Rodgers
March 27, 2019

Advancing Republican efforts to reduce access to abortion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on March 26 that the Trump administration will further restrict federal funding to health providers abroad that perform, promote or even talk about abortions.

The move expands the “global gag rule” Trump imposed in 2017. It substantially expands the number of groups affected by cutting funding to any organization with a foreign partner that provides abortions – even if those overseas groups are not, themselves, U.S. government-funded.

Continued: http://theconversation.com/abortions-rise-worldwide-when-us-cuts-funding-to-womens-health-clinics-study-finds-112491

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Young Age Abortions have been Increased in the part of Latin America

Young Age Abortions have been Increased in the part of Latin America

Mar 21, 2019
Bill Mist

Latin America is the most restrictive region in the world in terms of the criminalization of abortion, so compared to the neighbors, we Colombians are lucky because since 2006 abortion was recognized as a right. In Colombia, for 13 years, the voluntary interruption of pregnancy is legal under three reasons: rape, malformation incompatible with extrauterine life and when pregnancy puts at risk the physical or mental health of the woman.

Forced pregnancies and maternity endanger the physical and mental health of women, adolescents and girls, their life project and fundamental rights such as the right to decide when and how to have a family, the free development of personality and dignity human that is why all voluntary interruptions of pregnancy are framed in the mental health cause. Although the Constitutional Court has reiterated that abortion in Colombia is a right, it remains in the Penal Code for two reasons.

Continued: https://foxworldmedia.com/2019/03/21/young-age-abortions-have-been-increased-in-the-part-of-latin-america/

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‘Thousands’ of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina

'Thousands' of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina
Anti-choice doctors and health officials accused of obstructing legal terminations after 11-year-old girl gave birth to rapist’s child

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Tue 5 Mar 2019

The lives of thousands of girls in Argentina are being put at risk as legal abortions are delayed and obstructed by doctors trying to force pregnancies to full term.

The issue of anti-choice doctors, medical institutions and government officials deliberately trying to hold up legally sanctioned terminations was brought into sharp focus last week when it emerged that an 11-year-old girl’s baby was born alive because health officials delayed her request for an abortion. The girl had fallen pregnant after being raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/mar/05/thousands-young-girls-denied-abortion-argentina

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