IWHC has supported advocacy for abortion rights in Uruguay since 2002. In 2012, Uruguay revised its law to allow for abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy, with some restrictions.

We currently support Mujer y Salud en Uruguay to expand access to safe and legal abortion and to block legislative attacks on reproductive rights.


Montevideo to Host Global Meeting on Conscientious Objection to Abortion

  • July 28, 2017

As countries around the world legalize abortion, health providers are increasingly exempting themselves from providing it by invoking their right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. A convening of experts in Montevideo, Uruguay, August 1–3 will devise strategies to ensure the fulfillment and protection of women's rights.

Defending Reproductive Rights: What Uruguay Can Teach Us

As we in the United States prepare ourselves for the forthcoming assault on reproductive rights by the Trump administration, we can learn a lot from the recent gain in Uruguay.

Guarding Abortion Rights Advances in Uruguay

In 2012, Uruguay passed a landmark law permitting abortion. Women's activists--including IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay--have been fighting to improve the law and fending off threats to it ever since.

After Victory in Uruguay: Addressing Gaps Between the Right to Abortion and Access to Services

While legislative victory in Uruguay is an inspiration for other pro-choice advocates in the region, advocates caution that the struggle to ensure access to safe, legal abortion does not end with legislation.

Partner: Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU)

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in 1995, Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU, or “Women and Health in Uruguay”) began as part of a national network of nongovernmental organizations committed to advocating for women’s rights. The network was known for its national and international advocacy work related to sexual and reproductive rights and health, particularly monitoring the implementation of…

Montevideo Consensus Offers a Bold and Progressive Vision for Women and Youth

Signed by 38 countries, the Montevideo Consensus is the most forward-looking document on sexual and reproductive health and rights ever agreed to at any diplomatic negotiation.

Campaign to Roll Back Abortion Rights Fails in Uruguay

A national vote in Uruguay on whether to repeal the country's law legalizing abortion failed to garner enough support. IWHC supported Mujer y Salud en Uruguay to advocate for reproductive rights and fight against the conservative efforts to roll back progress.

A Move to Roll Back Reproductive Rights in Uruguay

Only a few months after Uruguayan President José Mujica signed into law legislation that will save women’s lives by allowing some abortions in the first trimester, foes of the new law have taken the first steps to repeal it. On Friday, April 26, 2013, the Electoral Court validated 52,343 signatures submitted by the National Commission…

Unfinished business: Abortion Laws in Mozambique and Uruguay

The first serious investigative journalism I did was a five-part series on abortion in Uruguay, for the weekly BUSQUEDA, back in 1982. Thirty years later, I am coaching Mozambican reporters doing stories on illegal abortion in Mozambique. Africa in 2012 is a world apart from Latin America in 1982 – but I find similarities…