Amnesty International accuses governments in Latin America of dangerous levels of discrimination against women by restricting contraception and abortion

Through the epidemic of the Zika virus in Latin America, attention is drawn to Central and South America's healthcare systems, especiall concerning restrictions on contraception and abortion. Most pregnancies in the affected countries are not planned, yet governments advise to avoid getting pregnant as "the risks posed by the Zika virus was irresponsible and failed to recognise the realities of their own countries" ( For those contradicting utterances, human rights groups accuse governments to propagate violence against women who illegally terminate pregnancies. Amnesty International states in a report that "violence against women will not be eradicated unless states in the region change dircriminatory legislation, pulic policies and practices in the area of sexual and reproductive health."

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Monday, March 7, 2016