Abortion hotline launch in Chile supported by Women on Waves

Press release:

Today, on the International Day of Action for Women´s Health, is the public launch of an hotline that gives women information on how to safely abort using a medication known as misoprostol.

Where: Plaza de la Constitución, Santiago, Chile.

When: 13:30 hrs., Thursday, 28 May, 2009.

The launch is being carried out by the Red Salud Mujeres Chile, or Women´s Health Network of Chile, a network of feminist organizations from all over the country. Similar actions will be held in the cities of Temuco and Concepción.

The hotline is supported by Women on Waves (Netherlands) and the Coordinadora Juvenil por la Equidad de Género (Ecuador).

Press inquiries: +56 984668855

Women needing help in Chile: 08-8918590.

To follow to activities surrounding the launch, please visit the Women on Waves website: www.womenonwaves.org/set-1936-en.html

Further information:

Chile has one of the highest rates of abortion in Latin America ? between 120.000 and 160.000 women have abortions every year, meaning that about 1 in 3 pregnancies end in abortion (The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1994: ¨Clandestina Abortion: a Latin American Reality.¨ Nueva York, Estados Unidos). Abortion is penalized in all possible circumstances, causing women having abortions to risk their health, lives, and freedom, because they can be denounced, mistreated, and imprisoned.

The Women´s Health Network of Chile seeks to facilitate access to information for women, to allow them to truly exercise their human rights. We state that
*1- Women have the right to freely and autonomously decide about their own lives and bodies
*2- The access to information is a human right
*3- Unsafe abortion is a public health problem and an issue of social justice.

For more information about abortion please see:

Women on Waves: www.womenonwaves.org
Coordinadora Juvenil por la Equidad de Género: www.coordinadorajuvenil.org
Caclai (Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el aborto inseguro): www.caclai.com
Alan Guttmacher Institute: www.guttmacher.org/
Organización Mundial de la Salud: www.who.int
Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Población-UNFPA: www.unfpa.org/public/
Gynuity: www.gynuity.org
International Medical Abortion Consortium: www.medicalabortionconsortium.org/

Women who need to access medical abortions please go to www.womenonweb.org

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