Brazilís New Family Planning Program Angers Catholic Church
Brazil has launched a new family planning program that distributes free contraceptives through the country's 6,012 hospitals and 63,662 clinics, angering Brazil's Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Rafael Liano Cifuentes denounced the new program, saying that it ďwill promote the sexual perversion of teenagers, which means prostitution. Itís like telling teenage girls, go out and enjoy an active sex life for the government will guarantee that you wonít get pregnant,Ē reports the Associated Press.
Brazilís strict penal code only allows abortions to be performed when the womanís life is endangered or when pregnancy is a result of rape. The chief justice of Brazilís Federal Supreme Court, Nelson Jobim, is warning doctors that if they perform abortions on rape victims without a police report they could be subject to legal prosecution, according to Inter Press Service News Agency. However, Brazilís laws do not stipulate that a police report is necessary for doctors to perform abortions, IPS reports.
IPS reports that an estimated 750,000 to 1.4 million abortions are carried out every year in Brazil, the majority taking place in unsafe conditions. There were only 1.31 million abortions in the United States in 2000, where abortion is legal, despite the fact that the United States is more than twice the size of Brazil. Health care service providers in Brazil treat over 250,000 women who are suffering from complications from the clandestine abortions annually.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .