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Summary When the Argentine Senate narrowly rejected a bill to decriminalize abortion in 2018, the country missed a historic opportunity to advance sexual and reproductive rights. Rejection of the reform has left women, girls and pregnant people in…
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Survivors and Advocates Seek Help from UN Human Rights Committee

Norma* (*indicates a pseudonym) was 12 when her father began raping her. She became pregnant shortly thereafter. Though abortion is legal in Ecuador when a woman or girl’s life or health is in danger, no one told her this. She gave birth despite…
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The rapid spread of the Zika virus has raised concern among public health officials across the Americas. The World Health Organization warned Sunday that the virus is likely to spread further across the region. At first glance,…
A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.
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Security Forces Also Attacked Women and Girls in Raids on Homes

(New York) – Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys detained during the current conflict. Witnesses and victims also told Human Rights Watch that soldiers and pro-government armed militias have sexually abused…
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In five days I will be addressing Argentina's House of Representatives about abortion. The occasion is as deliberately momentous as it is intentionally inconsequential. On the one hand, this is the first time Argentina's national congress has debated the…
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Illusions of Care Lack of Accountability for Reproductive Rights in Argentina Summary Recommendations Methodology I. Background History and Past Research Developments Since 2005 II.…
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Slack Implementation and Lack of Oversight Causes Suffering and Death

(Buenos Aires) - Thousands of women and girls in Argentina suffer needlessly every year because of negligent or abusive reproductive health care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.   The 53-page report, "Illusions of Care: Lack of…
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Published in Miami Herald A year after elections in Nicaragua returned Daniel Ortega to power, scores of pregnant women have died, many as a consequence of a new law that prohibits doctors from providing lifesaving treatment. In the run-up to the…
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Over Their Dead Bodies Denial of Access to Emergency Obstetric Care and Therapeutic Abortion in Nicaragua Overview.. A Brief History of Abortion and the Law in Nicaragua Impact of the Ban on Therapeutic Abortion…
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President Ortega Should Show Leadership by Protecting Women s Lives

Nicaragua’s blanket ban on abortion, which criminalizes life-saving medical treatment, has had a devastating impact on women’s health and lives, Human Rights Watch said today in the first-ever report on the human rights consequences of the ban, which was…
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Women Afraid to Seek Life-Saving Treatment

Nicaragua’s new blanket ban on abortion – even in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancy – violates international human rights standards and poses a grave risk to women, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the country’s Supreme…
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The decision of a female judge in Ushuaia, who suspended free distribution of emergency contraceptive pills, is based in scientific ignorance

(New York) - Women in Tierra del Fuego now have fewer options to prevent pregnancy and risk giving birth to unwanted children than they did a month ago. Thanks to a judge in Ushuaia, poor women and adolescents in this province no longer have access to…
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It's been a long time since the days of back-alley abortions in the U.S. Perhaps that's why South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds signed into law a ban against abortion in his state, with one narrow exception: protecting the life of the pregnant woman.…
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Barriers to Contraceptives and Abortion Cause Severe Health Consequences

(Buenos Aires) - Argentina's restrictions on access to contraceptives and abortion threaten women's fundamental rights to life, health and equality, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 85-page report, "Decisions Denied: Women's…
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Decisions Denied Women's Access to Contraceptives and Abortion in Argentina I. Summary II. Recommendations To the Government of Argentina To Donors To the Federation of Argentine Societies…