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.
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.
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.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has thrown her support behind legislation that will decriminalize abortion in three cases: rape, an unviable fetus, or to save the life of a woman.
After a 90-year delay, Peru’s health ministry finally released protocols that allow for abortion up to 22 weeks of gestation to protect a woman’s health.
A new UN report finds the global maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 45 percent since 1990, with every region of the world experiencing a decline by at least 37 percent. But despite this good news, it’s likely there are large numbers of maternal deaths that are either misclassified or underreported.
Congress must pass the Peace Corps Equity Act, which would provide abortion coverage for volunteers in cases of rape, life endangerment, and incest.