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Opposition to reproductive health and rights: The experience of Latin America

Jessica L. Getz, MA, Latin American Regional Office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 8360 West Flagler Street, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33144 and Ellen Clancy, MPH, Latin American Regional Office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America--International, 169 E. Flagler Street, Suite 836, Miami, FL 331311, 305-480-0030, ellen.clancy@ppfa.org.

The United Nations has declared that sexual and reproductive health is a human right for all. However, for the population that lives in Latin America, access to sexual and reproductive health care has been hindered by ultra-conservative organizations as well as local and international political leaders who have strong ties to or are influenced by the teachings of the Catholic Church. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the participants to the organizations and leaders who play a key role in the drive to oppose the advancement of sexual and reproductive rights. In addition, this presentation describes many of the tactics used by the conservative movement and offers a regional situational analysis based upon research findings. Information for this presentation has been gathered through in-country research from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The research includes primary sources as well as interviews with people both in the reproductive health care field and in the conservative movement. The major results indicate that many of the people and organizations working against the advancement of reproductive health and rights in Latin America are funded and trained by a variety of international and local political or religious organizations. The policy implications that have occurred because of the actions of these conservative organizations have resulted in the stalling of many key laws to be passed that would have advanced reproductive health laws in addition to violence against organizations that provide key reproductive health care services.

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Keywords: Latin American, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Reproductive Health: Innovations, Policy, and Access

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA