As the pace of Brazilian presidential election campaign accelerates once again abortion rights are caught into the eye of the storm. Last week, the Ministry of Health suspended a recently adopted ordinance aimed at precisely identifying abortion procedures in those cases permitted by law and defining new levels of financial coverage for these procedures. Beatriz Galli, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Human Rights Platform – DHesca Brazil – has denounced this decision as a major regression in the realm of sexual and reproductive rights.
In partnership with DHesca platform, SPW disseminates the English version of the Special Rapporteur statement. Additional information in Portuguese about the episode can be found in this link. As the electoral campaign will evolve we will continue to circulate information on the ways in which sexual and reproductive rights issues will be addressed.