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International Safe Abortion Day

September 28 marks the 28th day of global action for legal and safe abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean, and feminist organizations have called for protests across the continent.

The demonstrations aim to pressure governments for secular sexual education with a preventive approach, besides free and legal abortion, in times when women rarely enjoy full rights over their own bodies.

The international march comes almost two months after the Argentine senate ruled against the safe abortion bill that was being promoted by feminist organizations and progressive members of the legislative branch.

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In Mexico City, the call was answered by feminist and workers organizations (and everything in between).
In Mexico City, the call was answered by feminist and workers organizations (and everything in between). Photo:Reuters
A sculpture in Mexico City wears the green scarf, symbol of the pro-choice movement.
A sculpture in Mexico City wears the green scarf, symbol of the pro-choice movement. Photo:Reuters
Abortion is decriminalized only in Mexico City, elsewhere in the country women turn to unsafe abortions.
Abortion is decriminalized only in Mexico City, elsewhere in the country women turn to unsafe abortions. Photo:Reuters
An employee cleans grafitti reading "legal abortion" off a wall during the protest in Mexico City
An employee cleans grafitti reading "legal abortion" off a wall during the protest in Mexico City Photo:Reuters
The history of the green scarf as a symbol of abortion rights is 15 years old and had its origins in Argentina.
The history of the green scarf as a symbol of abortion rights is 15 years old and had its origins in Argentina. Photo:EFE
The Argentine senate rejected the safe abortion bill in early August, but the feminist movement won
The Argentine senate rejected the safe abortion bill in early August, but the feminist movement won't stop demanding their rights. Photo:EFE
"Not everyone is here, we
"Not everyone is here, we're still missing those who died in clandestine abortions," the sign reads. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo:EFE
In Quito, Ecuador, thousands of women gathered in front of the prosecutor
In Quito, Ecuador, thousands of women gathered in front of the prosecutor's office to demand full decriminalization of abortion. Photo:Twitter @wambraEc
The march was full of joy but also rage, as there
The march was full of joy but also rage, as there's still a long way to go. Photo:Twitter @Vivas_Ec
Published 28 September 2018
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