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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Argentina’s Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion

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Argentina's Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion

By Eliza Mackintosh and Euan McKirdy, CNN
Thu August 9, 2018

(CNN)Argentina's Senate voted against legalizing elective abortion in the early hours of Thursday morning, dashing the hopes of abortion rights advocates in the predominantly Catholic country, homeland of Pope Francis.

The Senate rejected the proposed bill 38 to 31, with two abstentions and one absentee.

The bill, which fueled contentious debate, would have expanded abortion rights to allow women to end a pregnancy in the first 14 weeks. Current laws allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at risk.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/09/americas/argentina-abortion-vote-intl/index.html

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Abortion rights around the world

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Abortion rights around the world

Janet MCEVOY
AFP•June 14, 2018

Paris (AFP) - Abortion, which Argentine lawmakers on Thursday voted to legalise, is banned in some 20 countries worldwide, while others have highly restrictive laws in place.

Here is a snapshot of the global situation:

Continued: https://www.yahoo.com/news/abortion-rights-around-world-155601027.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=ma

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Argentina’s Congress begins debate on legalising abortion

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Argentina's Congress begins debate on legalising abortion
A growing demand for changes in the law has led conservative President Mauricio Macri to soften his anti-abortion stance.

by Teresa Bo
April 11, 2018

Argentina's Congress has started public hearings on whether or not to legalise abortion.

The growing demand for legal changes has prompted conservative President Mauricio Marci, who previously declared himself as anti-abortion, to change his tune.

He says he will not stand in the way if lawmakers vote to relax abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/argentinas-congress-begins-historic-debate-legalising-abortion-180411100259722.html

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Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate

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Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate
By: LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press
Mar 01, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's conservative President Mauricio Macri said Thursday that Congress should launch a debate on broader legalization of abortion, though he said he opposes it.

Macri told lawmakers that he favors "mature, responsible debates," and his government believes that Congress should include the issue in its 2018 agenda.

Continued: http://www.wtrf.com/news/argentina-president-urges-congress-to-start-abortion-debate/1001171115

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Malawi: Time to Decriminalize Draconian Abortion Law

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Malawi: Time to Decriminalize Draconian Abortion Law
Sept 28, 2017

Blantyre — As the world celebrates the International Safe Abortion Day on Thursday, 28 September, we, at the Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) call on the Malawi government to decriminalise abortion, provide access to safe abortion services and end stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to terminate unintended pregnancies.

By decriminalizing abortion, Malawi will be fulfilling her obligation as a signatory of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Plan of Action) whose ultimate goal is for African Governments, civil society, the private sector, and all multi-sectoral development partners to work together in order to end preventable maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent deaths, expand contraceptive use, reduce levels of unsafe abortion, end child marriage and eradicate harmful traditional practices and eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280872.html

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Chile’s Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

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Chile's Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

14 September 2017

Chile's socialist president Michelle Bachelet on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, ending a strict ban in effect for decades.

Parliament passed the bill last month after more than two years of wrangling and a constitutional court challenge brought by conservatives opposed to the reform.

Continued at source: France 24: http://www.france24.com/en/20170914-chiles-bachelet-signs-bill-allow-abortions

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‘A triumph of reason’: Chile approves landmark bill to ease abortion ban

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'A triumph of reason': Chile approves landmark bill to ease abortion ban

Campaigners hail President Michelle Bachelet’s bill legalising abortion in some circumstances as a victory that opens the way for possible further liberalisation

Piotr Kozak in Santiago
Tuesday 22 August 2017

The decision by Chile’s constitutional court to approve a bill that will allow abortion in some circumstances has been hailed as “a triumph of reason and an act of justice” by campaigners.

The legislation, a victory for the centre-left president, Michelle Bachelet, will allow abortion when a woman’s life is at risk, in case of rape and when a foetus is not viable.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/22/chile-abortion-bill-michelle-bachelet-a-triumph-of-reason-ease-abortion-ban

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Chile: Key Ruling to Ease Abortion Restrictions

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Chile: Key Ruling to Ease Abortion Restrictions

August 21, 2017
Constitutional Tribunal Rejects Lawsuits Against New Law

(Washington, DC) – The Chilean Constitutional Tribunal protected women’s rights when it ruled on August 21, 2017 that a new law to end the full criminalization of abortion in Chile was constitutional, Human Rights Watch said today.

The court’s decision addressed two lawsuits brought by members of parliament from opposition parties challenging the constitutionality of the country’s new abortion law, passed by Congress on August 2. The law decriminalizes abortion under three circumstances: if the life of the pregnant woman or girl is at risk; if the pregnancy is the result of rape; or if the fetus suffers severe conditions not compatible with life outside of the womb.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/08/21/chile-key-ruling-ease-abortion-restrictions

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