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We work to expand the availability and quality of safe abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive health policies and programs. We understand that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the number of abortions; instead they force the procedure underground and into the hands of unqualified practitioners.


 

Partner Spotlight: Catholics for the Right to Decide-Brazil

With support from IWHC, CDD-Brazil is working to ensure access to safe and legal abortion in the world's largest Catholic country. The group engages in media and advocacy campaigns and provides a feminist perspective on Catholic theology.

In this video produced by CDD-Brazil, a young obstetrician discusses cultural taboos placed on women and explains why she thinks abortion should be legalized.

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Parter Spotlight: PROMSEX

IWHC is supporting PROMSEX to challenge Peru's criminal laws on abortion. The sexual rights organization has partnered with other feminist groups in Peru to launch the Dejala Decidir ("Let Her Decide") campaign to petition Congress to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape.

The campaign has already gathered nearly 100,000 signatures from Peruvian citizens demanding that Congress change the abortion law. PROMSEX is working to gather support from additional Congressmembers before presenting the petition.

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Thousands March for Changes to Abortion Law in Argentina

On Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, approximately 3,000 women, men, and children marched in front of the Argentine Congress to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would give women the right to an abortion, without exception, in the first trimester.


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Death Sentence in Kenya Abortion Case Results in Police Harassment of Health Care Workers

In RH Reality Check this week, IWHC President Fran├žoise Girard blogged about the case of a Kenya nurse who was handed a death sentence after he was convicted of causing the death of a young woman following complications from a botched abortion in 2009.


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Why is the U.S. Standing Between Women and Health Care?

President Obama can save women’s lives by interpreting the Helms Amendment so it does not apply to abortions provided in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.


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In El Salvador, a Woman Who Miscarries Can Get a 50-Year Prison Sentence

Feminist organizations in El Salvador have launched a campaign petitioning the Salvadoran government to pardon 17 women convicted of abortion-related crimes.


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