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Colombian Jesuit Hospital Fined for Denying Abortion

For the first time since abortion was decriminalized in 2006, the government fined a hospital for refusing a legal abortion.

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HIV Prevention for Women: Much More Than Condoms

For the first time, research on gender and HIV in Colombia is focused not solely on "groups at risk," but on the social context and conditions that increase the vulnerability among women to HIV transmission.

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Spain’s Socialist Government Approves EC Without Prescription

Regardless of age or
province of residence, all Spanish women will have access to emergency
contraception pill without a prescription. It will be in pharmacies by
August.

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Legislators Ban Emergency Contraception in Honduras

In April, the Parliament of Honduras approved in a bill prohibiting the promotion, commercialization, free distribution and use of EC pills.

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Right-to-Life Amendments Sweep Mexican States

In 2007 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld a law which decriminalized abortion in Mexico City. Since then, twelve Mexican states have approved constitutional reforms defining personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.

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Dominican Republic: Catholic Republic? “Right to Life” Enters Constitution

An aggressive advocacy campaign by the Catholic Church has resulted in changes in the Constitution of the Dominican Republic protecting “the right to life” from the moment of conception to death.

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Brazil Pushes Back Against Catholic Church

The President of Brazil’s Catholics for Choice talks about the impact of the Church’s excommunication (and later retraction) of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who sought an abortion.

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Colombian LGTB Community Recognizes Progress While Calling For Further Rights

Colombian LGBT organizations recognized some legal advancement regarding equal rights, but noted that the progress was due to legal demands made by individuals, not a consequence of a public policy or a legislative action.

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Chilean Woman Living with HIV Sterilized Without Consent

After a year of unsuccessful lawsuits, a woman living with HIV and sterilized without her consent filed a complaint against Chile before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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Survey Studies Sexual Health of Bogota’s Young People

A survey of youth in Bogota found most are making autonomous, independent decisions about their sexual lives.

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