Security & Strategic Review - March 2021

HONDURAS: Outcry over move to permanently outlaw abortion

“Instead of taking a step towards fulfilling women’s and girls’ fundamental rights, the country is moving backwards.” This was the response by a group of United Nations (UN) human rights experts to a bill since approved in Honduras, that raises the number of votes needed in congress to amend two articles of the constitution which prohibit abortion. The move has sparked widespread outrage from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other international human rights institutions which point out that Honduras already has among the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the region. These ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, when the mother’s life and the health are in danger, and when the foetus will not survive outside the womb.

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