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The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk.

Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk. Here’s why.

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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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Uruguay’s House of Representatives Allows First Trimester Abortions, But Imposes Other Barriers

Activists from the Aborto Legal campaign demonstrate outside the House of Representatives during the bill’s deliberation.

Uruguay’s House of Representatives voted 50-49 to allow abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy but the bill is far from what Uruguayans had hoped for.

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September 28th: Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America

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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.

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Uruguayan President Vetoes Abortion Decriminalization Bill

Late last week Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez vetoed a reproductive health bill that would have legalized abortion to the twelfth week of pregnancy.

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Will Uruguay’s President Veto Bill That Would Prevent Maternal Deaths?

Uruguay’s legislature has passed an abortion liberalization law. Will President Tabaré Vasquez ignore widespread unsafe abortion in the country and veto the bill?

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Roundup: Bishops Plan to Confront Obama, Annual UNFPA Population Report Released

Catholic bishops vow to forcefully confront Obama on abortion; UNFPA calls for cultural sensitivity to achieve gender equality and establish reproductive rights; Uruguayan Senate votes to decriminalize abortion; Bush administration puts successful California family planning program at risk.

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RealTime: Uruguayan Senate Passes Abortion Bill

The Uruguayan Senate voted Tuesday to decriminalize first-trimester abortions. President Tabare Vazquez has threatened to veto the bill if it passes the House of Representatives.

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