In Puerto Rico, lawmakers clash over bill to restrict abortions in first public hearing

The legislation crafted by powerful political leaders looking to join a similar conservative push in the U.S. mainland seeks to ban abortions starting at 22 weeks.

April 27, 2022
By Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico on Tuesday held its first public hearing on a bill that aims to restrict abortions in the U.S. territory as powerful political leaders who support the measure seek to join a similar conservative push in the U.S. mainland.

If approved, the bill would ban abortions starting at 22 weeks or when a doctor determines that a fetus is viable. The only exception would be if a woman’s life is in danger. Most U.S. states already have similar laws, unlike Puerto Rico, where abortions with no term limit are currently allowed.

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Abortion Rights in Cuba Face New Challenges

Abortion Rights in Cuba Face New Challenges
September 4, 2017

In 2016, 85,445 abortions were carried out among women aged 12-49 years old, which represents 41.9 interrupted pregnancies per 100 pregnant women.

By Ivet Gonzalez (IPS Cuba)

HAVANA TIMES — When it seemed like an issue resolved in Cuban society, feminist activists and experts are apprehensive about the latest public outbreaks of anti-abortion discourse, which condemn this practice in a country where abortion has been safe and free for over half a century.

Continued at source: Havana Times: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=127066


US & Latin America: Zika outbreak could reignite abortion debate

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY Friday, 05-Aug-16 19:27:33 PDT

Zika could become the newest flashpoint in America’s debate on abortion.

With nearly 1,000 pregnant women in the U.S. infected with Zika and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising all expectant mothers to be screened for exposure to the virus, the USA is beginning to get a hint about why the issue became so contentious in Latin America this year.

There, where women’s health services of all kinds are less available and the Zika epidemic is most widespread, requests for medical abortions have increased dramatically. Even Pope Francis weighed in last February, suggesting that contraception could be morally acceptable in the fight against Zika.

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