Two videos, a film and a song
6 June 2016

IV Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights, 2-4 November 2015 
The Congresos Latinoamericanos Jurídicos sobre Derechos Reproductivos (Latin American Legal Congresses on Reproductive Rights) are a platform for a multidisciplinary gathering and a space for participating professionals to share and learn how they incorporate international human rights standards in their daily work, which involves access to justice and to health as human rights. In 2015, the Congress was supported by the Asociación de Jueces para la Justicia y Democracia – JUSDEM, and the Comisión Andina de Juristas – CAJ.
In the four congresses that have taken place so far, we have succeeded in bringing together and sensitising nearly 1,400 representatives of the world of law and medicine, to address the issues surrounding the protection, defence and exercise of reproductive rights in Latin America.
The 4th Congress in November 2015 explored the links between violence against women and reproductive rights. Its thematic axes were access to justice – including transnational justice – in relation to reproductive rights; the criminal law and reproductive rights; and the responsibilities of the State as regards the right to be free from violence in the context of reproductive rights.
The website contains the Virtual Report of the 4th Congress, including a video archive of some of the presentations, and the resources generated. The website also contains reports and newsletters from previous congresses. We hope you will be able to disseminate the information and use it in your daily work.

"Relatoria" online (some in Spanish, some in English)
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Tags: Latin America, regional conference, video, reproductive rights, law, violence against women
Mais amor, menos dogma (More love, less dogma)
A video by Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Decide, Brazil) launching a campaign for a secular politics in Brazil, not one dominated by religious extremisms.
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Tags: Brazil, religion, secularism, political process

Film: TRAPPED: The Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (formerly Cole). Seen by many as a case that could have a monumental impact on the right to choose, the case stems from a challenge to a Texas TRAP law, HB2. TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across the USA. Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn't be any higher.
TRAPPED, by Independent Lens, tells the story of health care providers in the states of Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama who are struggling to comply with controversial new TRAP laws. It follows the clinic workers and lawyers – including those who took their case to the Supreme Court in March – who are fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. The Supreme Court’s decision is expected later in June.
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Tags: USA, court case, abortion clinics, anti-abortion restrictions

La Femme Fetal: a song by Digable Planets
Here are part of the lyrics:
It was 8:49 on a beautiful 9th day of July…

"Hey butterfly", the voice said
Slip on some duds comb out your fro and slide on down to my pad
The vibe here is very pleasant and I truly request your presence
A problem of great magnitude has arose and as we speak it grows

…"You remember my boyfriend Sid that fly kid who I love
Well our love was often a verb and spontaneity has brought a third
But due to our youth an economic state, we wish to terminate
About this we don't feel great, but baby that's how it is…

Hey beautiful bird, I said digging her sombre mood
The fascists are some heavy dudes
They don't really give a damn about life
They just don't want a woman to control her body
Or have the right to choose but baby that ain't nothin'
They just want a male finger on the button
...Hey pro-lifers should dig themselves 'cause life doesn't stop after birth
And for child borne to the unprepared it might even just get worse
The situation surely change if they will find themselves in it
Supporters of the h-bomb and fire bombing clinic
What type of shit is that? Orwellian in fact…

…So whatever you decide make that move with pride

Rhythms and sounds, spinning around
Confrontations across the nation
Your block, my block, dreadlocks what a shock
Land of the free but not me
Not me, not me, not me, not me
Not me, not me, not me, not me
READ MORE: Digable Planets - La Femme Fetal Lyrics | MetroLyrics 
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Tags: USA, song, abortion personal experience
Editor: Marge Berer

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