Spending time at the Bogotá women’s clinic helped to reinforce how important it is for women to have access to safe and friendly reproductive care, including abortion services. I saw first-hand how this saves lives.
Is it ever helpful, in policy terms, to lump together trafficking and sexual exploitation with the buying and selling of sexual services between consenting adults? This is the question in Argentina right now.
After notable progress on protecting equal rights one might be excused for thinking that Latin America is an accepting and safe place to live for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. That would be the wrong conclusion.
A complaint over violating a woman’s medical privacy could oust the mayor from his office.
A woman who wanted to terminate her pregnancy has had her abortion halted by the courts at the request of an anti-choice group.
The legality of abortion in Latin America varies from country to country. The one constant almost everywhere is the inaccessibilty of a safe, legal procedure.
Stories abound of children stolen from their families in countries of conflict and chaos. Beware of countries with a history of atrocities and don’t become complicit: The “blinders” are quite profound once you enter the adoption process and become committed to a child.
Weekly global roundup: Nepali women learn about their right to divorce and increasingly do so; Argentina’s new Gender Identity Law first in the world; Tanzania’s President petitioned over contraception access; relativity in rape threats for women in South Sudan.
In March, Argentina’s Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying a woman’s right to obtain an abortion in all cases of rape. While this is an enormous achievement, ensuring that rape survivors are able to access abortion in practice represents an even greater challenge.
Weekly global roundup: abortion after rape now legal in Argentina; American preacher with ties to Uganda homophobia is called out; Myanmar’s military accused of mass rape; female friendships persist across the West Bank barrier; Tanzania’s First Lady speaks out on maternal deaths.