international access issues

we talk a lot about abortion access here in the States.  it’s legal, but not accessible, unless you live in a city with a provider and have the social and financial resources to put your life on pause for a day or three and deal with your shit…

but how much do we know about what it’s like in other places?

we are excited to host a double feature film night with discussion with Sarah Diehl, directer of Abortion Democracy which examines how illegal abortions in Poland are more accessible than legal ones in South Africa.

we will also watch The Coat Hanger Project, which examines the need for access in the States.

the film screening will take place on Wednesday December 15th at 6pm in the Centennial room (basement) of the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street.

this event is FREE, but contributions to Ms Diehl are encouraged.

hope you can make it!

now to delve further into the state of women’s healthcare on an international level, this message came to us this week from a reader…

Hi there,

I know that you write regularly on women’s rights issues so I wanted to give you a heads-up that the Center for Reproductive Rights will be launching a new fact-finding report tomorrow morning about Chilean health facilities discriminating against, and often forcibly sterilizing, HIV-positive women.

You can grab a copy of the report and find more info about the issue here:

Last year, the Center and VIVO POSITIVO brought a case on behalf of a forcibly sterilized woman in Chile to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Now, we’re taking the next step by releasing, Dignity Denied: Violations of the Rights of HIV-positive Women in Chilean Health Facilities, which is an in-depth investigation into the broader issue of discrimination in the provision of reproductive health services to women living with HIV/AIDS.

Over a period of six months, we spoke with 27 women in five different regions of Chile, gathering their stories. The research confirmed what we already knew from a previous study carried out by VIVO POSITIVO—women living with HIV/AIDS were frequently pressured not to become pregnant, were often scolded by healthcare workers for wanting to do so, and were sometimes pressured, coerced or forced to undergo surgical sterilization.

The Center wanted to make clear that the abuse and mistreatment suffered by HIV-positive women are violations of their human rights, and we hope that you will join us in delivering this message far and wide.

Learn more about the report here:

Please let me know if you have any questions about the report or need any other information.

and finally a big THANK YOU to our readers.  being part of this broad community of folks interested in reproductive health, rights, and justice has helped up grow in ways we cannot discribe, so THANKS again for reading, sharing and commenting.

take care.

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About wench

Wench is based in Louisville KY. What started as a Selfcare Health Education Collective in 2005 has bloomed and flourished and exploded and re-rooted and bloomed again and again. We now wench (verb) all over the US and beyond. Many are still in KY fighting for abortion access, repro and racial justice, and bodily autonomy for all.

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