Argentina’s women have not been beaten on abortion – change will come

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Argentina’s women have not been beaten on abortion – change will come
The ‘senadores percha’ who voted against legalisation have won a hollow victory but cannot stand in the way of progress

Claudia Piñeiro
Fri 10 Aug 2018

Argentina’s senators could not understand what was being debated: legal abortion or clandestine abortion? Or they did not want to understand? Thirty-eight senators voted for the absolute rejection of a bill to allow legal termination, without showing any willingness to introduce changes or improve the proposals. They simply said “no” – as if they were judges instead of legislators. They showed an arrogant attitude, absolutely detached from a reality in Argentina where there are women who die every year from complications arising after clandestine abortions.

To reject the bill, they pronounced all kind of barbarities from their seats: proclaiming that they were saving embryos, without explaining how, and even suggesting that intrafamily rape does not imply violence.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/10/argentina-women-abortion-hollow-senate-victory

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No going back: The two sides in Argentina’s abortion debate

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No going back: The two sides in Argentina's abortion debate

By Katy Watson, BBC South America correspondent, Buenos Aires
7 August 2018

It is the middle of winter in Buenos Aires, but a spring-like green has blossomed in the city in recent months.

Everywhere you go, you see women wearing emerald pañuelos (bandanas) around their necks, wrapped around their wrists, or tied to their bags.

The bandanas are the symbol of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion which started in 2005.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45096704

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work
We hear the harrowing stories of women championing reproductive rights in Argentina as a crucial vote takes place

7 August 2018
Text Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Photography Michael Vince Kim

Tomorrow (August 8), the Argentine Senate will vote on an abortion bill that was narrowly passed by the Chamber of Deputies in June. If passed, it would allow women to have a legal abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy.

Sex workers in Argentina’s capital have expressed solidarity with the pro-choice movement, which they say aligns with their own wish for body autonomy and integrity.

Continued: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/40917/1/argentina-buenos-aires-sex-workers-abortion-law-vote

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Brazil’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Abortion

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Brazil’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Abortion

By Manuela Andreoni and Ernesto Londoño
Aug. 3, 2018

Leer en español

PETRÓPOLIS, Brazil — For three days after she had an illegal abortion, Ingriane Barbosa Carvalho hemorrhaged in silence. Even as she writhed in pain, and an infection caused by the botched procedure spread, Ms. Carvalho insisted to relatives she was just nursing a stomach bug.

By the time she sought medical help, it was too late. Ms. Carvalho, a 31-year-old mother of three, died seven days later.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/world/americas/brazil-abortion-supreme-court.html

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MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

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MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

July 20, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

In Madagascar, abortion is a crime, punishable by the Penal Code, which has been in place since the colonial period, stemming from the Napoleonic Code of 1810. In December 2017, there was an attempt in Parliament, to decriminalise therapeutic abortion. In vain. But as the presidential election approaches, the association which fights for the legalisation of abortion called Nifin’Akanga, named after an abortifacient plant widely used in Madagascar to induce abortion, has revived the debate. The group hopes to encourage the candidates to take a stand on this social issue.

Abortion in Madagascar is a taboo subject, they say. But it’s more than that, it’s a lot of hypocrisy around a major topic of public health, says one of the participants in the debate. A sensitive issue, and difficult to quantify.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-decriminalise-abortion-four-panellists-in-a-public-meeting-give-their-points-of-view/

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Indonesia – A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

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A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

By Cristina Maza
On 7/20/18

A 15-year-old girl in Indonesia was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday for having an abortion after her brother raped her repeatedly.

The girl’s brother, whose age is unknown, was charged with the abortion and with sexually abusing his sister. He admitted to raping his sister at least eight times and threatening to physically harm her if she refused his sexual advances. He was given two years in prison as a result.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/15-year-old-girl-imprisoned-abortion-after-her-brother-raped-her-repeatedly-1034489

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Argentina’s lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

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Argentina's lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws

By Daniel Politi and Ralph Ellis, CNN
Thu June 14, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN)The Argentine Chamber of Deputies voted Thursday morning to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill now goes to the more conservative Senate for consideration. President Mauricio Macri has said he won't veto the bill if Congress approves it, even though he opposes abortion.

"We have been able to settle our differences with respect, tolerance and listening to each other; understanding that dialogue is the road that will strengthen our future," Macri said. "My congratulations to everyone, knowing that this debate now continues in the Senate."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/americas/argentina-abortion-bill-passes/index.html

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The vote in Argentina: WE’VE WON !!!

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The vote in Argentina: WE'VE WON !!!
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14 June 2018
ARGENTINA

The photos above are of a few of the Deputies in the Argentinian Congress supporting safe, legal, free abortion in the day-long marathon debate on 13 June, with the green scarves of the movement around their necks and on their desks.

The debate started at 11:30am on 13 June, and at that point several of the undecided deputies announced their positions, but it was not yet clear who had the majority of votes. Just after midnight, El Comercio reported that of the 275 deputies, 124 were thought to be against the bill and 126 in favour. Importantly, the report notes, the deputies’ positions for or against the bill, from the first day, were independent of their political affiliations. The bill needs 129 votes of the 257 total to be approved.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/the-vote-in-argentina-weve-won-14-june-2018?e=372dd34034

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Argentina’s historic vote on legalising abortion

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Argentina's historic vote on legalising abortion
Activists managed to convince legislators that legalising abortion is an urgently needed matter to be addressed.

Teresa Boby Teresa Bo
June 14, 2018

"Legal abortion in a hospital" sang hundreds of people outside Congress. It was a long and tense debate that lasted for 23 hours.

At times rumours took over the crowds who feared the vote would maintain the status quo.

But when the vote came, there was pure joy among those who have been fighting for months to shed light on one of the most covered-up issues in Argentina.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/argentina-vote-legalising-abortion-laws-180614181011136.html

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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote

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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote
The chamber of deputies is voting on a crucial bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy

Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Wed 13 Jun 2018

Even as calls for women in Argentina to be given the legal right to abortion have grown louder on its cities’ streets, a change in the law had seemed unlikely – until now.

But a vote on abortion on Wednesday could transform Pope Francis’s homeland from a country where women can go to jail for having an unlawful termination to one of Latin America’s most progressive countries on reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/13/my-body-my-choice-argentina-moves-closer-to-legal-abortion-with-key-vote

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