Since 1987, IWHC has worked in collaboration with partner organizations throughout Latin America, including work with groups in Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, as well as regional collaborations.
Women and girls in Latin America face some of the harshest restrictions to sexual and reproductive rights, though many donors have been turning their attentions elsewhere because many Latin American countries are not considered developing nations.
Our partners in Latin America contend with very conservative political forces. In the face of their political realities, they provide support to and advocacy for women who experience unwanted pregnancies and a lack of vital health services, especially safe and legal abortion. n
In 2012, a decision by Brazil’s Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in cases of anencephaly, a fetal malformation incompatible with life. IWHC provided support to ANIS (the Institute of Human Rights, Bioethics, and Gender) to pursue the legal challenge beginning in 2005. For many years, IWHC was the organization's single source of funding for this complicated and long legal battle. In addition, IWHC supported the production of the film, “Severina’s Story,” which helped turned the tide on the case. Apart from keeping hundreds of women every year from being forced to carry a pregnancy of an unviable fetus to term, this highly visible case also demonstrated the willingness of the Supreme Court to support the perspective of women’s rights. Watch "Severina's Story" below.