Today is a historic milestone for women’s rights in Chile and around the world—after months of contentious debate in Congress, the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal ruled that a bill that eases Chile’s total abortion ban is constitutional. The bill is now headed to President Michelle Bachelet —a...Read more
For Immediate Release Contact: Paola Luisi (212-214-0254/ ) New York, NY—Giselle Carino, CEO of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), issued the following statement regarding the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal’s 6-4 decision that...Read more
A conservative political party in El Salvador wants jail terms for women accused of having abortions increased to up to 50 years. The dangerous proposed amendment to the country’s penal code, discussions on which begin in Congress on Thursday, would also increase sanctions and jail times for...Read more
With the announcement in April that the Zika virus spreading across Latin America can cause microcephaly in the womb, leaders across the region have come under increased pressure to relax some of the world’s most restrictive laws against abortion. Only two countries in Latin America have made...Read more
IPPF/WHR, New York, May 23, 2016 —In a favorable turn of events, the Salvadorian court overturned the conviction of María Teresa Rivera, a thirty-three-year-old Salvadorian jailed for “aggravated homicide” after suffering a miscarriage in 2011. María Teresa was sentenced to 40 years in prison after...Read more
The global public health emergency declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the Zika virus and its relation to microcephaly has pushed some countries in Latin America to advise women against getting pregnant. But in a region where sexual education programs are practically non-existent...Read more
Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies. Several governments...Read more
Amid the rapid spread of the mysterious Zika virus throughout Latin America and the growing evidence that it may lead to birth defects, governments in the region have made an unusual request: that women should hold off on having children for as many as two years. The unprecedented directives from...Read more
El Salvador's government is warning women not to get pregnant until 2018 because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to severe deformities in babies. But health advocates say that advice isn't just misguided—it's wildly unrealistic. The warnings, which have been echoed in...Read more
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Maria Erlinda Guzman desperately wants a baby, and has been undergoing fertility treatments at El Salvador's largest women's hospital. But now, she fears her dream of motherhood may be dashed by Zika. After her country took the extraordinary step of advising women to...Read more