Legal Abortion
in case of rape: Health and Legal Approaches

This document is intended to serve as an argumentative and practical guide for health and justice sector professionals, as well as public administration agents in general, to have a better understanding of their responsibilities and to carry out actions to comply with the norms regarding access to lawful termination of pregnancy (LTP)4 of women who have been raped, and thereby guaranteeing this right in Latin American countries and the Caribbean (LAC).

Its elaboration was an strategic decision made by La Mesa por la Salud y la Vida de las Mujeres (La Mesa)5 from Colombia and la Alianza Nacional por el Derecho a Decidir (ANDAR)6 from México, together with el Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el Aborto Inseguro (CLACAI)7 and el Comité de Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos de la Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades.

Legal and secure abortion in Argentina

All women have the right to interrupt pregnancy when it has been the result of rape. They can approach the Healthcare Service with a police report or affidavit. Moreover, Argentineans have the right to receive all concerning information from health professionals. This video serves a as guide for knowing your rights and to obtain practical information on how to access to legal and safe abortion services in public hospitals in Argentina’s healthcare system.

Radio Spot about women rights in Bolivia

Listen to this radio spot used to inform and share about the importance of knowing our rights concerning the application of “In case of rape” in Bolivia, which facilitates access to abortion services in cases of rape in the public healthcare system in Bolivia.


Is a network of activists, researchers, professional health services suppliers that contributes with the reduction of unsafe abortion in Latin America. Promotes access to information and modern and secure technologies fully respecting sexual and reproductive rights from a gender and equity perspective.

La Mesa por la Vida y la Salud de las Mujeres

It is a collective of organizations and individuals that from its knowledge and experience work for women sexual and reproductive rights, particularly those related to the free choice of maternity, the free exercise of sexuality and total decriminalization of abortion.