Women Behind Bars: Chile's Abortion Laws : a Human Rights Analysis

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Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, Jan 1, 1998 - Abortion - 98 pages
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This publication highlights numerous violations made on women who have undergone abortion in Chile, and examines the legal framework of Chile's abortion law, as well as the criminal procedure involved in these prosecutions. Chapter 1 describes the evolution of the protection of reproductive rights and how the prohibition constituted to violations on health-related and other human rights. Chapter 2 discusses Chilean health policy and abortion as the cause of public health problem. Chapter 3 provides analysis of domestic legislation and court records of women who were prosecuted for abortion, with discussions of actual individuals prosecuted for abortion. Chapter 4 summarizes the social and economic data on the women prosecuted for abortion, as well as on the abortion providers, which includes all women who had abortions, even those who were not prosecuted because they were minors or victims of abortion. Lastly, chapter 5 presents several recommendations at the national and international levels in the cessation of prosecution of women who have undergone abortion, with emphasis on the roles of international donors and the universal and regional human rights systems.

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