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Judi Lynn

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Fri May 13, 2022, 01:56 AM May 2022

Abortion rights activists in the US can learn from recent progress on abortion access in Latin Ameri

Abortion rights activists in the US can learn from recent progress on abortion access in Latin America
BY CNN
MAY 12, 2022

(CNN) — The prospect of the United States overturning decades of abortion rights, which materialized this week in a leaked draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, triggered shock waves in many countries in Latin America, where many feminist organizations have often looked at the US as a model of greater reproductive rights and freedoms.

However, that model has flipped on its head in recent years. Just as several US states have put in place further barriers to abortion access through various restrictions, some countries in Latin America have moved in the other direction, with a growing number of countries liberalizing such laws.

Laura Gil, a gynecologist and abortion rights activist in Bogota, Colombia has experienced this turnaround firsthand. “I remember we would meet with health professionals in the US, and for years they would always look at us with admiration for our struggle to expand reproductive rights. Now it’s the opposite,” she told CNN.

The doctor was in Florida when news of the leak broke on Monday. Her US colleagues were disparaged, she said. “They come from an environment where abortion is legal, while for us, abortion used to be banned and now it’s not,” she said.

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https://whdh.com/news/abortion-rights-activists-in-the-us-can-learn-from-recent-progress-on-abortion-access-in-latin-america/

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