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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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Violence Still Prevalent Despite Progress on LGBTI Rights in Latin America

A lesbian couple kiss in Mexico City after beginning the legal process towards marriage. (Gregory Bull/AP)

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.

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In Peru, an Epidemic of Rape and Double Jeopardy for Rape Victims Seeking Abortion

Peru has more reported cases of rape and sexual violence than any other country in South America. Eight in ten of these victims are minors. Women and girls in this situation are faced with two options: seek an illegal abortion and risk going to jail or carry the pregnancy to term.

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Using the Law to Reduce Health Disparities in Peru

Peru has made major strides in recent years in regards to development, with strong economic growth and low inflation. Despite these achievements, among Peru’s more than 29 million inhabitants, great disparities persist: 54% of Peru’s population still lives in poverty, and the UNDP estimates that among those living in poverty, 19% survive on less than USD $1 a day.

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Does Manhood Need to Change to Create Healthier Societies?

For something we see and experience day in and day out, masculinity sure is a tricky business. In a collection of essays that span various countries and cultures, Global Masculinities and Manhood considers how communities around the world have been shaped by what it means to “be a man” — and rebel against unhealthy gender expectations in order to make change.

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Many International Agreements Later, Girls and Young Women Worldwide Still Lack Basic Rights

Adolescents worldwide lack access to the sexuality education and the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services that play a critical role in their well-being and empowerment. The implementation of the full range of reproductive rights — as fundamental human rights — must be a priority for all countries.

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Global Roundup: Have We Failed in Promoting Women’s Rights?

Weekly global roundup: A Tibetan Nun Self-Immolates; women’s rights activists are detained in Zimbabwe; gay rights under threat in Peru; and IPPF asks if we have failed at women’s empowerment and development.

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Peruvian Court Bans Distribution of EC in Public Sector

In mid-October, the Peruvian Constitutional Court—the highest court in Peru–issued a ruling banning the free distribution in the public health system of the Emergency Contraception pill.

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Proposed Abortion Law in Peru Meets Heavy Opposition

Revisions in Peru’s Penal Code may lead to decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape or severe disability of the fetus. But conservative political and religious forces are, predictably, opposing these changes.

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Roundup: A Warning About A Generic Contraceptive, Lack of Access to Contraceptives Driving Unsafe Abortion in Uganda

Wendy Atterberry shares her experience and a warning about her switch from a branded to a generic contraceptive; lack of access to contraceptives drives unsafe abortion in Uganda; lawmakers in Peru consider expansion of indications for legal abortion; bioethicist asserts women are being treated as a “special interest” in health care reform debate.

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