Chile Denies Abortion for 11-Year-Old Rape Victim

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At age 11, Belén is 14 weeks pregnant. Her pregnancy, which occurred after she was repeatedly raped over the past two years by her mother’s partner, has been deemed by medical professionals as a danger to her health. Despite the risks involved for both her and the fetus, Belén has no choice but to see the […]

Turning the Corner on Sex Workers’ Rights in Argentina

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The Association of Women Sex Workers in Argentina in Action for Our Rights (AMMAR) has painted the walls of Buenos Aires with new ads demanding legal protection for female sex workers. The ads, commissioned by AMMAR and designed by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, are carefully positioned on various street corners, revealing a sexualized woman on one side […]

El Salvadoran Woman Finally Ends Life-Threatening Pregnancy

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Beatriz (a pseudonym), the 22-year-old El Salvadoran woman who was in desperate need of an emergency abortion in order to survive, finally underwent a C-section after being granted permission by the El Salvador health minister. The El Salvador Supreme Court had refused Beatriz an abortion despite the fact that both she and the fetus would have […]

The Criminalization of Abortion Continues in Mexico

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In the last five years, 127 women have been put on trial for abortion in Mexico. When Laura, a 22-year-old woman from Puebla, went to the emergency room because she was hemorrhaging, she ended up under arrest. Puebla is a Mexican state that has created laws to “protect life, starting at conception,” and local hospital […]

The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Ecuador

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Rafael Correa, the popular and newly re-elected leftist president of Ecuador, is driving a “citizens’ revolution” committed to progressive principles and economic growth. This week he voiced unconditional support for contraception, including emergency contraception. This unprecedented support for access to sexual and reproductive health care is particularly welcome, as women’s rights advocates were beginning to […]

Don’t Forget Violence Against Mexican Women

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A few weeks ago, there were news reports that six Spanish tourists were raped and robbed in the famous Mexican city of Acapulco. The Spanish women were residents of Mexico and decided to take a vacation along with another Mexican woman and six men. The Mexican woman was not raped, and the six men were […]

Lawmakers in Uruguay Vote to Legalize Abortion

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Uruguay became the second Latin American nation to vote to legalize abortion, thanks to a very narrow 50 to 49 vote in its Chamber of Deputies. All it needs is passage by the country’s Senate–which approved a previous version of the bill last December–and the president’s approval to become law. President Jose Mujica has said […]

If Only Mexico Had a Woman President

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Imagine the possibilities of a woman president in Mexico. Femicides, reproductive rights, poverty and frightful working conditions–all are issues that Mexican women face today, and feminists would like to imagine that a woman president might take them more seriously than a man would. And Mexico could have had its first woman president if the recent […]

Pilot Kicks Sexist Off Her Plane

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Imagine you’re a certified commercial pilot, and you’re among the 6.6 percent of them who happen to be women. You’ve passed all the same training as your male colleagues and proven that you can fly a plane just as well. One day, as you prepare for takeoff, you hear a male passenger say that he […]

Should Women Cheer for Vázquez Mota as Mexico’s First Woman President?

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Electing a woman as head of state–pretty much anywhere in the world–is a newsmaker. I wish it weren’t still in this day and age, but it is. It’s happened in India; it’s happened in Ireland; it’s happened in Liberia; and maybe someday it will happen in the US. Notably, in the past decade, it has […]