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Andean organizations meet to contribute to the debate on abortion

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Over fifty representatives of organizations, networks of professionals and activists working on sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to a safe in the Andean region of Latin America abortion, met on 22 and 23 August in the city of La Paz (Bolivia) in the Andean Sub-Regional Conference of Latin American Consortium on Unsafe Abortion in order to contribute to the scientific debate and activism that seeks to improve women's access to safe abortion.

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Alliance for Solidarity contributed to this initiative of the Consortium looking to generate a Swap and analysis to help strengthen national and regional promotion, advocacy, information and development of integrated care services against unsafe abortion.

The event has allowed to have information on the situation regarding the laws and regulations in countries like Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia. Ximena Machicado, a member of the Latin American Feminist Articulation said, referring to the current situation of debate on the decriminalization of abortion in Bolivia, that "none of this means while not taken into account, as a prerequisite, which has to do with secular state ". Currently in this country, there is a constitutional challenge in the Constitutional Court submitted by a deputy to repeal articles of the Criminal Code that criminalize abortion and debate is set to table until this organ of the Bolivian State to rule within two months .,es

On the other hand, different mechanisms, campaigns and mobilizations that are being carried forward in this region, among them the experience over the telephone line Safe Abortion in Ecuador socialized. Verónica Vera, representative group of women carrying out this initiative, described the development of this project was initially flooded with calls from religious groups and radical demonstrations against, but has since become recognized by the population, especially young women and adolescents. Figures that comprise this project, protected by the right to information, realize that 50% of women accessing the service offered by the telephone line are students, 32% work outside their home, 7% are students and work, 7% work at home, not working 3% and 1% does not provide this type of information. From these figures, the average age of women who call the hotline in Ecuador is between 20 and 30 years of age, with a minimum age of 14 years and maximum of 42.,es

The space organized by the Latin American Consortium has helped organizations articulate several efforts and have material to continue their work, seeking the exercise of the most human human rights for women, sexual and reproductive rights.

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