WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Initially Chile did not explicitly permit abortion in any circumstances and nearly 2,00,000 unsafe abortions occurred each year in Chile. Far too many women have suffered at the hands of the country’s blanket ban on abortion. Now, only seven countries criminalize abortion. For too long, Chile has lagged behind in its efforts to protect women’s health, rights and equality by continuing to allow this extreme and harmful abortion ban.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights urged Chilean Officials to redouble its efforts towards preventing adolescent pregnancies by assuring the accessibility, availability and affordability of emergency contraception and other critical reproductive health services.
The real task now is to ensure the law is actually enforced, that women and girls are fully able to access to comprehensive health services they need and that this reform opens the door for them to be able to fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights.