Latin America & Caribbean

Chile Moves Toward Easing Abortion Ban

Since 1989, abortion has been prohibited under any circumstance in Chile due to a law enacted under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.  This week, legislators took a key step toward easing the country’s draconian policy. …

Chile’s Health Commission Moves Abortion Bill Forward

(PRESS RELEASE) This evening the Health Commission of Chile agreed to advance a proposed bill that would allow women access to safe and legal abortion services in cases of life-endangerment, sexual violence, and fatal fetal impairments…

U.N. Committee Calls for Abortion Law Reform in Chile

(PRESS RELEASE) Following a review of Chile’s human rights record on economic, social, and cultural rights, a United Nations committee has called for Chile to…

African Union Commits to Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) African nations this week pledged to eradicate child and forced marriage in the region at the African Union Summit, according to African Union Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda…

Violence against Women and Reproductive Rights in the Americas

The numerous forms of violence that are committed against women pose an obstacle to their individual development, violate their rights, and limit their freedoms…

New House Bill Would Prevent Harmful Federal Restrictions That Deny Safe Abortion Services to Millions Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) New federal legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent future U.S. presidents from imposing a harmful policy barring any organization that receives U.S…

Inter-American Commission Orders Paraguay to Provide Immediate Medical Care to 10-year Old Pregnant Rape Survivor

(PRESS RELEASE) After global outcry over the case of a 10-year-old rape survivor who was unable to access a medically necessary abortion in Paraguay, this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—one of the main human rights body for the Americas—has ordered the Paraguayan…

U.N. Committee Questions Chile on Its Human Rights Record

(PRESS RELEASE) This week a U.N…

Chile Looks Forward

This past March, a 25-year-old woman suffering from terrible abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding sought emergency care at the hospital—where she was reported to authorities and detained on suspicion of attempted abortion…

Perú Reopens Criminal Investigation Into Mass Forced Sterilizations

(PRESS RELEASE) The Peruvian government will reopen its criminal investigation into the forced sterilization of hundreds of thousands of women and men in the 1990s—according to a decision by Luis Antonio Landa Burgos, the Superior Prosecutor for Perú…

Our Work in Focus

[UPDATE] Following 11 years of wrongful imprisonment after suffering an obstetric emergency, the Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety commuted Teodora's sentence and released her today…
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