Abortion Rights Lawfare in Latin America

Date/Time: 24 August 2022, 10:00-11:00
Venue: University Aula and Youtube

On February 21 of this year, Colombia’s Constitutional Court legalized abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. How has a country where until 2006 there was a total ban on abortion, where women got the right to vote only in 1954, and where the Catholic church remains influential, ended up having one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world? And what has happened in the months since – do we see signs of a backlash? Are dynamics different in countries where liberalisation has happened in the legislative bodies rather than in the courts, such as Argentina, Chile, and parts of Mexico? And why are the political dynamics around abortion so different in Brazil, where there are few signs of liberalization? 

Participants: Camila Gianella (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and LawTransform), Marta Machado (FGV Law School, São Paulo), Rachel Sieder (Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology – CIESAS)
Moderator: Catarina Barbieri (FGV Law School, São Paulo)

This roundtable marks the publication of a special issue on Abortion Lawfare in Latin America (Revista Direito GV, Vol 17, Issue: 3, 2021, eds; C. Barbieri, C. Gianella, A. Peñas and M. Machado) as part of the LawTransform project Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare Global Battles