Argentina's new government moves to guarantee access to abortion in rape cases
Hugh Bronstein, Reuters
December 12, 2019
BUENOS AIRES — Women and girls in Argentina seeking to end pregnancies caused by rape will be guaranteed access to abortion under a protocol announced on Thursday aimed at reducing the latitude hospitals have in deciding whether or not to perform the procedure.
Argentine law allows abortion in case of rape or threat to the life or health of the mother. But abortion rights advocates say the law is not always applied across the largely Roman Catholic country and that local hospitals have too much power to decide which cases fall under the legal criteria.
Argentine health chief quits in abortion fight with conservative president
Marina Lammertyn, Reuters
November 22, 2019
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s health secretary resigned on Friday after a protocol he signed the day before, aimed at making abortion more available, was revoked by conservative President Mauricio Macri, less than a month before he is to leave office.
“Unfortunately, the repeal of the protocol forces me to resign my position as the nation’s secretary of health,” Adolfo Rubinstein said in his resignation letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Si Jeunesse Savait promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights in DRC
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Nov 12, 2019
Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has highlighted the suffering of women victims of rape in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the cruelty of the rapes committed in the context of war must not allow us to forget the daily need for access to reproductive rights.
In Kinshasa, Si Jeunesse Savait (If Youth Knew,SJS) plays an important role in providing young women with reproductive health information and support, in a country where the most basic rights are often not respected. SJS, a partner of the Belgian NGO Le Monde for Women, also offers support to young victims of violence because of their sexual orientation.
Ecuador abortion: National Assembly rejects easing law in rape cases
18 September 2019
Ecuador's parliament has rejected a controversial bill to allow abortion in cases of rape, a proposal that exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic country.
Supporters of the reform pointed to what they say is an epidemic of rapes of girls and underage pregnancies.
Some opposed it on religious grounds saying innocent lives would be at risk.
Clashes erupt after Ecuador fails to decriminalize abortion for rape victims
Pro-choice activists say decision is a death sentence, after illegal abortions resulted in 15.6% of maternal deaths in 2014
Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá
Wed 18 Sep 2019
Clashes have erupted between pro-choice demonstrators and police outside Ecuador’s national assembly after lawmakers rejected a bill which would decriminalize abortion in cases of rape.
Abortion is illegal in Ecuador except in cases where the life of the mother is in danger, or if the pregnancy is the result of the rape of a woman with mental disabilities.
Prosecutors ask for 40 years in a controversial abortion trial in El Salvador
By Flora Charner, CNN
August 16, 2019
(CNN)The controversial retrial of a rape victim in El Salvador concluded Friday, a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's strict abortion laws and could see the young woman's sentence lengthened.
Evelyn Hernandez was a teenager when she was first accused of inducing an abortion and later convicted of aggravated murder, claims which she has repeatedly rejected.
MEXICO – Bill tabled to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 16, 2091
On 30 July 2019, the governing Morena Party’s parliamentarians’ group has tabled a bill to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, so that women are not criminalised and are guaranteed a safe abortion on the health service. The initiative was led by Deputies Nancy Nápoles Pacheco, María de Jesús Galicia Ramos and María del Rosario Elizalde Vázquez. The bill also includes the provision of comprehensive sexuality education, facilitating access to effective contraceptive methods, prevention campaigns to disseminate information about women’s right to health and health care, and reproductive and sexual rights – as well as the right to privacy and the right to decide.
Retrial for teenage rape victim accused of inducing an abortion and convicted of aggravated murder resumes
August 15, 2019
by CNN Wire
The retrial of a teenage rape victim will resume on Thursday in El Salvador, in a case that has drawn global attention to the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.
Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, will return to the Ciudad Delgado courtroom, after being accused of inducing an abortion and convicted of aggravated murder when she was a teenager. She pled not guilty to these charges when the retrial began last month.
Ecuador: Women Demand Decriminalization of Abortion in Rape Cases
"We believe that abortion after rape is a minimum right for women, a minimum right to guarantee our lives," said an activist attending the demonstration.
Published 7 August 2019
Dozens of women protested Tuesday outside the Ecuadorian National Assembly in the capital of Quito, demanding the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape. Lawmakers are currently debating penal reforms, including one that would expand abortion access.
Holding signs that read "Surviving an abortion is a class privilege," the protesters demanded that assembly members decriminalize abortion in all cases of rape.
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.