Research on abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted by Share-Net NL on March 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

This publication discusses various aspects of the most important issues of research on induced abortion, from a critical review of results and methodologies. It aims to identify trends and remarkable results in each subject.

Research on abortion has a long – standing tradition in Latin America and the Caribbean. Those that do research on the subject in our countries know that generating trustworthy knowledge is useful not only to have a better understanding of the phenomenon in all its dimensions (subjective, social, po litical and cultural), but also because of its strategic value to guide action.

In order to maintain this tradition it is important that we know how far we have gone and have a point of departure to keep on exploring induced abortion. That we carry out some research as to why women interrupt their pregnancies, and find out the reasons behind these decisions; the obstacles they face; their discourse and context in which they exercise their rights; whether they get support from their male acquaintances or not, and the kind of support they get; how pregnancy termination is intertwined with ethnicity, culture, legality/illegality, family, religion, politics.

That is what a “Research on Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean. A Renewed Abortion Agenda to Inform on Public Policy and Incidence”, published by the Consorcio Lationamericano contra el Aborto Inseguro (Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion) (CLACAI) compiled by Silvina Ramos, researcher of the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (Center for the Study of State and Society) in Argentina is about. It is a state of the art report supported by the Population Council and the Center for Promotion and Advocacy of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (PROMSEX) in Peru which gathers knowledge on abortion available in the region between 2009 and 2014. It is also a guideline to keep on researching, to keep on learning.

An executive summary is available in English and the full report is available in Spanish.

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Author: Silvina Ramos
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