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.
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.
In Chile, a conservative country in which women's rights are contested on many levels, there is an ongoing struggle to make emergency contraception available to women at all income levels.
In Chile, women’s rights are
perhaps even more contested than in other countries in Latin America. It is the
only country in the region where the law grants men the right to “manage the
patrimony” of their marriage. It
was the last country in the region to legalize divorce. And it is one of the
few countries in the world where therapeutic abortion is criminalized.
In Chile, a conservative country in which women's rights are contested on many levels, there is an ongoing struggle to make emergency contraception more accessible to women at every level of income.
Initiatives in Bolivia are using new approaches to increasing access to high quality sexual and reproductive health services for all women in multi-cultural settings.
Earlier this month, 150 Mexican women from the state of Morelos asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), review constitutional reforms defining personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.
Think concerns over "egg-as-person" laws in the US are overblown? In Nicaragua, pregnant women suffering from cancer are refused appropriate treatment and girls pregnant as a result of rape are compelled to carry to term, to name just a few...
The Mexican State, the metropolitan area which surrounds the capital is implementing an HPV vaccination campaign aimed at students in the sixth grade.
Proposed reforms in Spain's abortion laws recommended by a government-appointed commission of doctors, lawyers, academics and government
representatives have the Catholic Church up in arms.
For the first time since abortion was decriminalized in 2006, the government fined a hospital for refusing a legal abortion.
For the first time, research on gender and HIV in Colombia is focused not solely on "groups at risk," but on the social context and conditions that increase the vulnerability among women to HIV transmission.
Regardless of age or
province of residence, all Spanish women will have access to emergency
contraception pill without a prescription. It will be in pharmacies by
In April, the Parliament of Honduras approved in a bill prohibiting the promotion, commercialization, free distribution and use of EC pills.
In 2007 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld a law which decriminalized abortion in Mexico City. Since then, twelve Mexican states have approved constitutional reforms defining personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.
An aggressive advocacy campaign by the Catholic Church has resulted in changes in the Constitution of the Dominican Republic protecting "the right to life" from the moment of conception to death.
The President of Brazil's Catholics for Choice talks about the impact of the Church's excommunication (and later retraction) of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who sought an abortion.
Colombian LGBT organizations recognized some legal advancement regarding equal rights, but noted that the progress was due to legal demands made by individuals, not a consequence of a public policy or a legislative action.
After a year of unsuccessful lawsuits, a woman living with HIV and sterilized without her consent filed a complaint against Chile before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
A survey of youth in Bogota found most are making autonomous, independent decisions about their sexual lives.
In Colombia, a bill that would introduce the vaccine into Bogotá's public health care system has just failed for the third time.
Although abortion is permitted in Bolivia in three cases, just six women have had access to legal abortion in this country. The reasons: judicial barriers as well as doctors who oppose abortion.
During International Breast Cancer Month, the Colombian government piloted new programs to increase early detection.
A majority of Colombian women get Pap smears, but new studies show that ten percent of such tests administered in Colombia yield inaccurate results.
U.S. support for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights would restore America's leadership role in promoting women's health abroad.
Sexuality education in Colombia has failed to reduce teen motherhood -- and a new study finds the curriculum's failure to address cultural stereotypes of male and female behavior is partly to blame.
Until 2007, Colombians believed that female genital mutilation was a practice unique to some African countries. But last year we learned that it has long been practiced by one of Colombia's aboriginal groups.
The Colombian High Court has just ruled in favor of a governmental health agency's right to distribute emergency contraception pills within in public health care system.
Colombia's maternal mortality rate has decreased in recent years, due largely to increased prenatal care. But the country still needs to increase the number of births attended by skilled personnel.
Colombia has made significant progress on fighting HIV/AIDS and ensuring access to treatment. But will a new national plan for HIV that addresses the growing numbers of infected women work?
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 33,000 women die of cervical cancer each year. What is blocking universal access to testing and treatment?
A new poll of Colombians finds that many are satisfied with their sexual lives, but aren't keeping their sex lives safe.
In Colombia, young women may be getting pregnant intentionally -- but not necessarily because they want to become mothers. Sexuality education advocates differ on how best to tailor a pregnancy prevention and sexual health curriculum to reach Colombian teens.
On April 4, the Constitutional Court of Chile banned the free distribution of emergency contraception. The reason: the Court claims this method is "abortive," despite unequivocal World Health Organization information to the contrary.