16 Days of Action: Abortion (Day 5/16)
It’s been almost 4 months since the Senate of Argentina voted No for safe and legal access to abortion. And the fight still continues!
Legalising abortion is an urgent public health matter since tens of thousands of women in Argentina are taken to hospital every year after illegal abortions. In 2016, 43 women died.
During 2010–2014, an estimated 6.5 million induced abortions occurred each year in Latin America and the Caribbean — up from 4.4 million during 1990–1994.
As of 2017, 42% of women of reproductive age live in the 125 countries where abortion is highly restricted (prohibited altogether, or allowed only to save a woman’s life or protect her health).
The lack of safe access to abortions IS directly linked to the violence that women experience.
An estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in an abortion (including spontaneous miscarriages) every year throughout the world. Five million women suffer from temporary or permanent disability due to an unsafe abortion, and on average 129 women die per day due to unsafe abortions. These deaths in injuries are state violence against women since the government’s refusal to provide safe access to abortions have led to these tragic outcomes.
Women’s March Global is appalled by these statistics and has committed to fighting for reproductive freedom, including universal coverage of safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location, or education.
Today is the fifth day of 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women. For the upcoming 11 days Women’s March Global will have posts dedicated to the various forms of violence face by women all over the world and raise awareness to #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.
Tenzin Kyisarh is the Communications Manager for Women’s March Global.