New Documentary Exposes Widespread Abuse in Peru's Healthcare System
"Silence and Complicity, Violence Against Women in Peruvian Public Health Facilities", a new documentary chronicles the massive abuses suffered by Peruvian women at the hands of an ineffective and dangerous new health care system. The film's sponsors, The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy and the Latin America and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights, hope that the film will rally support from American women, who have maintained some measure of reproductive freedom within their healthcare systems.
The documentary, which begins showing in NY this month, chronicles unparalleled human atrocities, from rape to death caused by sub-standard operating conditions. It includes the story of one woman who was forced to stay in bed for 10 days following the birth of her child because she couldn't afford to pay her hospital bill. Peru's Program on Reproductive Health and Family Planning, instituted in 1995, has been surrounded by widespread reports of abuse, neglect, and deaths resulting from inexperienced, "over-zealous" medical workers rushing to fill government-established quotas.
Media Resources: InterPress Service - July 12, 1998
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .