When Abortion is a Crime: The threat to vulnerable women in Latin America

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.

Year: 2015

Authors: Gillian Kane, Beatriz Galli, Patty Skuster

Languages: English

Regions: Latin America and Caribbean

Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Argentina

Topics: Laws & Policies,Human Rights,Advocacy,Criminalization

Stay informed and inspired with updates on how we’re working globally to improve access to safe abortion and contraception. Learn more

This site uses cookies to collect analytics and process donations. By clicking 'Accept', you agree to these uses. To learn more, please review our privacy policy.