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
Date Written: 2011
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
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