The Politics of Reproductive Health Rights in Uruguay: Why the Presidential Veto to the Right to Abortion is Illegitimate

Revista de Direito Sanitário, São Paulo - Journal of Health Law, July 2011

14 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012

See all articles by Oscar A. Cabrera

Oscar A. Cabrera

Georgetown University - Law Center; Georgetown University - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Martin Hevia

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Fanny Gómez-Lugo

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Analia Banfi-Vique

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Before the presidential veto of the congressionally approved chapters of the Ley Sobre Defensa del Derecho a la Salud Sexual y Reproductiva (hereinafter “Sexual and Reproductive Health Law”), Uruguay had been heading toward becoming the Latin American leader in gender equality regarding sexual and reproductive health. Uruguay had a valuable opportunity to, once again, be a role model in matters of public health policy, as it is in tobacco control. Nevertheless, former President Tabaré Vázquez chose instead to continue defending the alleged effectiveness of criminal legislation to stop a widespread practice that does exist and will persist despite its punishment.

Keywords: Uruguay, Sexual and Reproductive, Rights, Health Law, Law

Suggested Citation

Cabrera, Oscar A. and Hevia, Martin and Gómez-Lugo, Fanny and Banfi-Vique, Analia, The Politics of Reproductive Health Rights in Uruguay: Why the Presidential Veto to the Right to Abortion is Illegitimate (2011). Revista de Direito Sanitário, São Paulo - Journal of Health Law, July 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2057994

Oscar A. Cabrera (Contact Author)

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Martin Hevia

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Fanny Gómez-Lugo

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Analia Banfi-Vique

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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