Pro-choice organizations provide a number of important services worldwide. While their work is important and necessary here in the states, it’s even more vital in Latin America, where abortion is often difficult to obtain and frequently illegal. Six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean expressly outlaw abortion, even in cases of incest, rape, and risk to the health and life of the pregnant person. Only four countries allow abortion in all cases (but even half of those—Cuba and Uruguay—require parental consent). So who, then, is working towards changing the laws in our home countries? And how can we support them? Reach out to the following reproductive rights organizations for more info on how we can all come together to ensure the right to choose is available to all who need it.
Red de Salud (otherwise known at the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network) is a network of over 550 organizations and more than 300 affiliates working together to improve access to reproductive rights. The organization focuses on a number of days of action, including May 17th (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia), May 28th (the International Day of Action for Women’s Health), and September 28 (International Safe Abortion Day).