What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America
Countries in the Region Should Ease Abortion Restrictions
José Miguel Vivanco
Executive Director, Americas Division @JMVivancoHRW
May 31, 2018
Last week, when 66.4 percent of Irish voters stunned the world by voting to end the country’s ban on abortion, it gave many hope that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean—which have some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws—would join the global trend towards easing abortion restrictions.
Just last year Chile ended its longstanding total abortion ban, allowing the procedure if the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, if the pregnancy is the result of rape, or if the fetus will not survive outside the womb.