Addressing stigma while moving a national campaign: Spotlight on Argentina

Addressing stigma while moving a national campaign: Spotlight on Argentina

Posted May 21, 2019
by inroads Comms, with Lola Guerra

In Argentina, recently there has been a great wave of activism for free, safe and legal abortion but we learn that the work for this process of what is called “social decriminalization” began generations ago. Lola Guerra, member of inroads, who is part of Catholics for the Right to Decide and the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion in Argentina tells us more about what activism is happening in Argentina.

How have generations of Argentine women worked to change the attitude in Argentina from people who previously never accepted green handkerchiefs, to a movement that increased so much that the green fabric in Argentina ran out?

In the national meetings of women that take place every year in our country in a different city and in which thousands of women are found, the national campaign for the right to safe, free and legal abortion arose. This is an intergenerational, intersectoral and national movement with the participation from all the provinces.

Continued: http://makeinroads.org/making-inroads/2019/May/members-in-national-campaigns-and-movements-series-spotlight-on-argentina

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

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

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

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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