When abortion is a crime: The threat to vulnerable women in Latin America

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This report analyzes the findings of an Ipas investigation into the enforcement of laws criminalizing abortion in three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina—and is the first in a series of Ipas reports on criminal abortion laws in countries around the world. It documents accounts of hundreds of women and health-care providers who have been arrested, charged, detained and sometimes imprisoned for violating abortion-related laws.  It calls on governments with restrictive abortion laws to remove abortion from criminal or penal codes and treat it as any other health-care service.