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To Fight Femicide in Guatemala, New Law, But Same Culture

New anti-domestic violence law in Guatemala classifies denying a woman the right to use contraceptive methods or STI prevention measures as a violent sex crime.

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Legal Abortion in Mexico City, One Year Later

One year after legalization of abortion in Mexico City, the procedure has proven to be both necessary and safe.

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Donors Shift Focus from Latin American Women

Since the nineties, international donor aid has shifted priority away from family planning programs in Latin America. Now women’s advocacy groups are trying to bring attention back to their region.

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Brazil: The Long Fight for Abortion Rights

Despite shocking maternal health indicators, Brazil’s Congress recently voted down a bill that would have legalized abortion.

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Report Fails to Measure Effects of Poverty on Peruvian Women

A new report assessing poverty reduction in Peru analyzes socioeconomic status through many lenses — except gender.

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Ackowledging Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin American Constitutions

Most Latin American countries do not explicitly acknowledge sexual and reproductive rights in their Constitutions. But some Constitutional Courts have still been able to find protection for legal abortion and other reproductive health issues.

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Peru Addresses Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Rights

For indigenous women in the Andean and Amazonian areas of Peru, giving birth at health care facilities, in the presence of strangers and lying down, is unbearable. New standards in health care delivery better respect their rights and traditions.

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Nicaragua: Working for Safety Despite Abortion Ban

After more than a hundred years of legally allowing women access to a therapeutic abortion, in October 2006 the Nicaraguan National Assembly banned this procedure in all circumstances. Now women’s health groups are working to mitigate the damage.

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