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Yahoo! BooksMay 26, 2019
Latin American abortion rights activists warn against draconian US laws: ‘I have seen what is it like to live with a total ban'
Activists in Latin America, home to some of the world's toughest restrictions on abortion, have denounced draconian new laws in places such as Alabama, warning they could result in the deaths of women.Campaigners in Honduras, one of five nations in Latin America with complete bans on abortion, and which also prohibits emergency contraception, have urged the government of president Juan Orlando Hernández to make it legal for women to obtain "the day after pill", and known by the acronym PAE."The emergency contraceptive pill is essential to avoid a pregnancy when you have unprotected sex, when condoms fail or in cases of rape," said Ana Fálope, a Honduran women's rights activist and leader of "Hablemos lo que es", the name of the legalisation campaign, and a commonly used phrase that translates as "let's call it what it is"."This emergency contraceptive is completely safe, has no side effects different from regular contraceptives, it does not affect women's fertility and does not cause cancer. This has been indicated by the World Health Organisation, which also believes that PAE should be available to all women."Activists say they have been dispirited by recent events in the US, where a succession of states have passed laws banning or restricting abortion, part of a campaign to try and force the Supreme Court to reconsider 1973's Roe v Wade ruling that gave women the right to a
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