Let me just say I’m thankful that the World Cup referees aren’t in charge of our sexual rights and health! (Seriously, could they mess up any more? Oof!) That said, here’s a look at who’s playing today:
Paraguay vs. Japan
IWHC partner CLADEM and other organizations have teamed up with Paraguay’s justice system to encourage survivors of domestic violence to seek help through the legal system, and to make it safer for them to do so.
In 1950, Japan had one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world—so it’s inspiring that today, thanks to free antenatal care, skilled birth attendants at nearly every delivery, and a liberal abortion law, Japan’s maternal mortality rate is one of the lowest anywhere.
Spain vs. Portugal
As of this February, Spanish law deemed abortion completely legal up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, and up to 22 weeks in the case of malformation or risk to the mother’s health.
In May, Portugal’s President legalized same-sex marriage.