I wanted to give you a quick update on what happened in Honduras yesterday. 

We held a demonstration on the steps of the Honduran Congress to stop the government from passing a bill that will imprison women for using emergency contraception. And I planned to personally hand-deliver to the Congress the 730,000 petitions that you signed in protest. 

The response was completely unexpected.

The president of the Congress declined to take your petitions—but not because he didn’t hear your huge outcry. In fact, he said he’s no longer planning to bring the bill up for debate—and even proclaimed support for women’s self-determination.

This is a major victory for women in Honduras, but the fight is not over. 

We met with five Congressmen who did take your signatures, and they have promised us that they will push for a vote next week to make sure that this bill—which is still waiting in the wings and can be voted on at any time—is defeated once and for all.

I am so happy that so many of you took action and joined the Center along with our partners Centro de Derechos de Mujeres and Avaaz to speak out against this radical bill. 

Emergency contraception is vital everywhere, but especially in places like Honduras where sexual violence against women is rampant, unplanned pregnancy rates are high, and access to regular birth control is limited. 

We will keep you posted on what happens next. 

Thank so much for taking a stand,

 

Alejandra Cárdenas  Alejandra Cárdenas 
   Legal Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean
 

 

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