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LAMAS, Marta. The Abortion Issue in the Development Agenda of Latin American. Perf. latinoam. [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.31, pp. 65-93. ISSN 0188-7653.

This article, which offers a regional overview of the feminist struggle for abortion rights in Latin America, begins by reminding the reader of the context, characterized by poverty and marginalization, in which the region's women become mothers, as well as the deadly consequences of illegal abortion. It subsequently outlines the political tension between some state governments and feminists, particularly the friction that results from interference by the Catholic church hierarchy. The article outlines a few paradigmatic cases that exemplify the Vatican's sensationalist strategy as well as feminist responses by means of networks and taking advantage of regional and international arenas. It argues that abortion rights are a question of social justice and public health and form part of aspirations for democracy. It also makes mention of the theoretical debate on how differences between the sexes are handled by legal systems.

Palabras llave : prochoice; abortion; demographic dynamic of poverty; catholic fundamentalism; democracy; feminism and social justice.

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