Last year’s mass rallies in Argentina calling for a loosening of abortion laws represented a turning point in the eyes of abortion rights activists. Yet across Latin America, women still suffer the legal and medical consequences of abortion restrictions, and a looming right-wing backlash could make things worse.
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
In a recent speech, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the country had no need for birth control. The words came as a shock, but activists say they merely reinforced a theme of his tenure: Since taking office, the president has single-handedly created a more regressive environment on gender issues.
Earlier this month, Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion, after the measure had narrowly passed the lower house of Congress. Argentina is not alone in limiting access to abortion in Latin America, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world and, ironically, the highest rates of abortion.