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Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:39 AM

Argentina's Abortion Legislation Sparks Hope in Caribbean Region

By Kate Chappell

Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn. Credit: Kate Chappell

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 12 2021 (IPS) - It was a joyful, tearful celebration in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2020 for countless Argentinians when they heard the news: the senate had legalized terminations up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Prior to this, activists have said that more than 3,000 women died of botched, illegal abortions since 1983. And across the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, this renewed sense of optimism was compounded after President Joe Biden rescinded what is known as the “global gag rule,” which essentially denied funding to international non-profit organizations that provided abortion counseling or referrals.

Now, women and campaigners across LAC are hopeful that these developments will spur lawmakers to consider decriminalizing abortion in their countries, sparing women their lives, economic well-being, dignity and access to a range of options to make the best choice for their reproductive and overall health.

The LAC region has some of the most restrictive legislation in the world.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a health policy and research organization based in New York, between 2010 and 2014, 6.5 million induced abortions were performed every year. In this region, 97% of women live in countries with restrictive abortion legislation, yet 46% of an estimated 14 million unintended pregnancies end in abortion. About 60% of those were considered to be “unsafe.”

When asked if there is a sense of hope that Argentina’s legislation will spur change in the rest of the region, Tonni Brodber, Representative UN Women, Multi Country Office Caribbean, says there are encouraging signs. “I hope so. Right now we are in the middle of a pandemic, people are struggling with recovery and trying to manage day-to-day life in a pandemic, but there is a lot of support for what has happened within the spaces of women’s organizations.” She added that it “is a difficult conversation, so it will be debated for a long time,” adding that human rights should be centred and stakeholders should focus on the lessons learned from Ireland and other countries, as well as on empathy and shared goals. She noted that Jamaica like all CARICOM countries is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, Article 16 of which speaks to the right to reproductive freedom.


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Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:48 AM

1. What about Argentina has anything to with the Caribbean?

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Response to tirebiter (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 05:08 AM

2. Argentina's well-publicized ruling in favor of decriminalizing abortion just happened very recently.

The article indicates Caribbean populations, also considered part of Latin America/Central or South America coastal countries/the region, will feel more supported and encouraged to press for these human rightSs for Caribbean women.

It's probably very seldom you'll see an article in a progressive journal which means absolute nonsense.

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