In 2008 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld the law permitting voluntary abortion up to twelve weeks in Mexico City. A backlash began immediately and 17 Mexican states have now reformed their state constitutions to define life as beginning at conception. The following testimonial was written by a pro-choice attorney who was in the legislative chamber on the day that the constitutional reform was passed in the conservative state of Jalisco.
Women are infantile and easily influenced when it comes to their own bodies, according to a columnist for the Washington Times; and Belgium has their hands full (of pie!) when it comes to their new archbishop.
The 2010 Brazilian presidential elections marked the first time abortion became a highly debated campaign issue and it followed a fairly American script, replete with allegations that the front runner, was a lesbian, a child-killer, a socialist.
HHS has 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay. The far right is already organizing against this.
Vatican declares today that ordination of women is among gravest of sins. It is now in the same category as child molestation.
The Catholic church ex-communicated a nun for authorizing a life-saving abortion at a Catholic hospital. Now, all pregnant women in the care of Catholic hospitals are at risk.
All federally funded hospitals are obligated under the law to provide appropriate emergency care. So why are Catholic hospitals getting away with refusing abortions to women who could die without one?
Brazilian women have seen important setbacks in regard to access to abortion in recent years. A clear turning point was September 2005, when a law aimed at reforming existing punitive legislation on abortion was presented to the Congress without the required support of the executive branch.
The CDC has found that the share of teenage girls who use the rhythm method as birth control (at least some of the time) jumped from 11 percent in 2002 to 17 percent in 2008.
A measure under consideration in Brazil would give the rights of fertilized ovum “absolute priority” over women’s rights under Brazilian law and would include “child support.” Human Rights Watch has called on Brazil’s Congress to protect women’s dignity and human rights by rejecting the legislation.