Top 5 Blogs about Safe Abortion in 2012

Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern

In 2012, the right to safe and legal abortion became a priority issue for many advocates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. From Costa Rica to Uruguay, laws that criminalize abortion were debated and, in some cases, changed. These five blogs contain the best overview of current abortion rights struggles in the region.

1. What is the State of Abortion Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean?

January 22nd marked the 39th anniversary of one of the most significant legal decisions of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade. This landmark ruling from the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion and changed the course of history for women in this country. Yet women in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to struggle for this basic reproductive right. Click here to continue reading.

2. Fatal Consequences: Women, Abortion, and Power in Latin America

The Supreme Court in Argentina ruled unanimously today that abortion will be decriminalized in cases of rape and when a woman's life is in jeopardy. The ruling also states that doctors who perform abortions will be protected from punishment. In honor of this landmark ruling, we are excerpting a chapter from a newly published book, The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights, that explains why it is crucial for women in Latin America to be able to access to safe abortion services. Click here to continue reading.

3. MEXFAM Thrives Despite Threats to Safe Abortion in Mexico

In "Mexico's Anti-Abortion Backlash" in The Nation, writer Mary Cuddehe examines the criminalization of abortion in Mexico and how the recent "personhood amendment" push in the United States bears strong similarities to anti-abortion strategies enacted by our southern neighbor. Since 2008, 18 of Mexico's 31 states changed their constitutions to legally establish that life starts at conception. During that same period, 130 people in those states were sentenced for seeking or providing abortion services. Click here to continue reading.

4. Uruguay Takes a Step Toward Safe Abortion

An historic ruling was decided on Wednesday that makes Uruguay the second country in Latin America to allow unrestricted first-trimester abortion. Last month, Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies just barely passed a bill permitting abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with 50 to 49 votes, and this week the 31-member Senate approved the bill as well with a vote of 17-to-14. The decision comes after more than a decade of sustained advocacy by feminists, obstetricians, and sexual and reproductive rights groups. Although the decriminalization of abortion in Uruguay is certainly a victory within the country and throughout the region, the reaction among the disparate groups of advocates has been mixed. Click here to continue reading.

5. Bolivian Activists Ask: Is it Really a 'March for Life'?

On November 7th, the Departmental Council of Youth, the Women's Civic Committee, and the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz, a conservative city in Bolivia, called for a “March for Life” against the decriminalization of abortion in the country. The pro-life coalition used the slogan “from conception to natural death.” In response, young men and women, students, academics, professionals, and activists have demanded that the Departmental Council of Youth, a public institution, remove itself from the roster of participants in the “March for Life” on the basis that a public institution should not align itself with any religious or political ideologies that interfere with its function as an impartial and equal representative of the people. Activists were alarmed by the Departmental Council of Youth’s decision to participate in the march without consent from any board members. They are demanding that the Departmental Council of Youth represent principles of equality, gender equity, and inclusion -- and reject the Department’s failure to uphold young people's right to autonomy over their own bodies. Click here to continue reading.

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