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ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

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BREAKING NEWS: ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 9, 2018

On 5 March at 17:50pm, the abortion bill of the Campaña Nacional por Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito was tabled in the lower house of the Argentine Congress for the seventh time, but this time endorsed by 71 Deputies. Opening the press conference that day in the Members’ Annex, in a room overflowing with 200 supporters of the bill who were clapping and singing: “Legal abortion / in the hospital”, National Campaign chair Pamela Martín García said: “We wonder if this will be the last time this bill will have to be tabled before becoming law.”

“It is wonderful that the bill has been included on the parliamentary agenda. It is through the power of the feminist movement, women in action, and the appearance of the movement “Ni una menos” in the street,” said Marta Alanis of Catholics for the Right to Decide.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/breaking-news-argentina-abortion-law-reform-bill-tabled-in-congress-the-outcome-of-a-critical-mass-of-support/

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Brazil’s Abortion Battle

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Brazil’s Abortion Battle

By Sabrina Fernandes
Nov 29, 2017

The Brazilian right's efforts to destroy abortion rights are key to their broader crusade against the Left.

Brazil’s right wing has gotten ahead through a series of dirty tricks. The 2015 impeachment of Workers Party (PT) president Dilma Rousseff, pushed through despite the absence of any “crime of responsibility,” is the most notorious example. Now, through similarly slick manuevers, they’re seeking further restrictions on reproductive rights. This, in a country where already one woman dies from a clandestine abortion procedure every nine minutes.

Currently, abortion is legal only in particular cases, such as when there’s a direct threat to the life of the pregnant person, or when the pregnancy results from rape. It’s these exceptions that the conservative and Evangelical parliamentary front is seeking to destroy. Through a variety of proposed bills and amendments, they may eliminate the right to abortion completely.

Continued at source: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/11/brazil-abortion-rights-cunha-rousseff

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Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is step toward legal abortion

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Bolivia women's rights groups hope revised law is step toward legal abortion

Procedure is currently illegal save for cases of rape, incest and health crises, a policy that activists say has encouraged dangerous clandestine abortions

Myles McCormick in La Paz
Friday 7 July 2017

Women’s rights groups in Bolivia hope that an overhaul of the country’s penal code could lead to a relaxation of the country’s restrictive abortion rules – and may even mark a stepping stone towards eventual decriminalisation.

In the coming weeks, the lower house of congress is expected to debate an article in the code that would broaden the conditions under which an abortion could be performed.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/07/bolivia-abortion-law-womens-rights-penal-code

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