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El Salvador frees 3 women prisoners for abortion facing 30 years in prison

The Supreme Court of El Salvador ordered the release on Thursday of three women who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for not having aborted their pregnancies.   The three women, who claim to have suffered spontaneous abortions, had been found guilty of homicide.   Alba...

An Abortion to Save a Life: Two Women and Their Struggle

Leslie Briceno was convinced that she was going to die. What she feared most wasn’t death itself, but the life that her eight-year-old son would have without her. She wept with frustration and impotence in her hospital bed, where there were dozens of doctors...

“If the President Arrives At Mass, I Will No Give Him Communion”

"If the President arrives at mass, I will not give him communion," are the words of Catholic priest Sixto Varela, who over the weekend questioned President Carlos Alvarado after the latter participated in the solemn celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The parish priest...

Argentina’s abortion legalization debate ignites soul searching on women’s rights

As an Argentinean scholar of gender in politics, I’m normally called to provide commentary on some fairly depressing statistics. For example, there are just two women who head Argentina’s 20 federal government ministries. And last year, Argentinean women earned nearly 25 percent less than men...

El Salvador Releases Second Woman Jailed Over Abortion

A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated homicide over an alleged abortion after she was raped was released from prison on Tuesday having served half her sentence. Maira Figueroa is the second woman jailed under the Central American country's severe anti-abortion laws to...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally each year, according to a new report in The Lancet,...

Bolivia Approves Arguments to Legalize Abortion

La Paz, Bolivia (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Health Minister, Ariana Campero, has highlighted the approval of Article-153 of the Penal System Code that allows women to have an abortion until eight weeks, with no penalty. 'The new article is an important advance in the historic...

Chile: the long road to abortion reform

Chile had one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the entire world. After years of campaigning, Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has finally pushed through a bill that will allow the termination of a pregnancy in three cases – when the woman’s life is...

Nicaragua Abortion Ban Threatens Health and Lives

Nicaragua’s total ban on abortion is putting women and girls’ health and lives at risk. The country’s 2006 law punishing abortion – without any exceptions, even if pregnancies are life-threatening or resulted from rape – has driven abortions underground. The ban has not stopped...

Children Having Children

QFEATURED (By Linda Forsel) Last year I was told the story of a man who sexually abused five generations of women in his family and produced babies as a result of the assaults. The youngest of his victims was three years old when he...

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

(Q24N) Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton - The World Health Organization declared that the Zika epidemic was an international emergency in February 2016. While the WHO lifted the declaration nine months later, the crisis is far from over. Zika, which has been linked to...

‘Machismo Is Very Strong Here’

(Q24N) At the end of a 20km red dirt track winding through a rainforest in eastern Paraguay, lies a secondary school for girls providing a source of hope in a country that has a notorious reputation when it comes to women’s rights. Paraguay has one...

Costa Rica President Solis Keeps Pope Francis Waiting

QCOSTARICA - Pope Francis got on Friday first hand experience of "tico time" from none other than President Luis Guillermo Solis,  arriving 20 minutes late for his scheduled meeting at the Vatican. Solis blamed his tardiness on a "misunderstanding between the Vatican and the Costa...

Zika fears increase demand for abortions in countries where it’s illegal to have one

(Q24N) via Latimes.com - As the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, spreads across Latin America, the demand for abortions is increasing in countries where there are few legal avenues to obtain one. “It has made the issue more salient and has...

Jailed for Miscarriage, Women Reveal the Cost of Criminalizing Abortion

Q24N- Maria Teresa Rivera didn’t know she was pregnant until the November morning four years ago when she suffered a miscarriage. She was rushed to the hospital after her mother-in-law found her collapsed and bleeding on the floor. But after receiving medication, Rivera was...

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