On this 28 September, the SPW publishes report developed by the International Campaign for Women’s Rights to Safe Abortion in which it shows the effects of criminal laws on women’s health. It also brings study that examines the effects of the Helms amendment on the health of women around the world. We also bring statements from Brazilian section of catholics for a free choice.
The International Day of Action (September 28) marks the Global Campaign for the Decriminalization of Abortion, whose actions around the world seek to reinforce the need to look at abortion as a matter of rights, and not crime. Most countries have restrictive legislation, which enhances the risks for women’s health giving the fact that the practice is done commonly in precarious and improper situations.
This year, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion released report with data collected in different countries, exposing the role of health professionals, police and justice. One of the findings shows that women who have had miscarriages or gave birth to stillborn babies are treated as criminals, detained, prosecuted, fined and imprisoned on charges of murder, with penalties that exceed 30 years.
It was also published study about the impacts of the Helms Amendment for women and for the issue of abortion. The amendment was implemented by the Reagan administration in the 1980s and banned the financing of any organization that promotes abortion, impacting institutions worldwide. The author, Sneha Barot, examines, among other issues, the impact of the restriction on the stigmatization of abortion. Click here to read.