Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America, even in cases involving rape or pregnancies that are detrimental to both woman and fetus. Among the nations with the most stringent laws are Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile and El Salvador. In these countries, abortion is illegal in most, if not all, cases.

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