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Enforcement of Abortion Laws Violates Human Rights

The consequences of criminalizing abortion are severe and reason for alarm.

Ipas’s recent research in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda provides concrete evidence of the human rights violations that result when law enforcement investigates, arrests, and imprisons women who have abortions.

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Mexico’s First Female President? This One Won’t Be Good For Women

Coverage of Josefina Vazquez Mota’s presidential campaign in Mexico has focused largely on the simple fact that she’s a woman. Her politics are much more relevant to her candidacy than her gender, and though her election as Mexico’s first female president is historic in itself, her politics are actually harmful to women.

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The Criminalization of Abortion is an Abuse of State Power

It will take our collective knowledge, experience, energy and expertise to hold governments accountable for their roles in violating women’s and girls’ rights to health.

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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 Adopts Draconian Abortion Law

A constitutional amendment in the Dominican Republic asserting a right to life beginning at conception contributes toward virtually eliminating women’s access to care in Latin America.

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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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Ignoring Evidence, Mexican States Move to Increase Abortion Restrictions

New abortion restrictions in Mexico not only demonstrate a shocking lack of compassion, they also directly contradict strong evidence that restricting abortion access does not make abortion less common.

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Price Tag Dissuades Utah Legislators from Abortion Ban

Finally, the economic downturn delivers a silver lining for America’s women: legislators in Utah, who are gung-ho about an abortion ban, aren’t going to pursue one in this legislative session because of the cost associated with defending the ban in court.

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How the Midwest Was Won: South Dakota Healthy Families’ Winning Message

The South Dakota measure to criminalize abortion was defeated by 10 points. The campaign responsible for challenging the ban used messaging much of the national pro-choice movement might not agree with. How does a state in which most voters identify as pro-life defeat an abortion ban?

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Anti-Abortion Group Pushes Failed “Personhood” Strategy

Despite the crushing 3-to-1 loss of a state constitutional amendment to confer civil rights on fertilized human eggs, the American Life League says it’s their “only option left”.

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