September 28, 1990

Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

La Campaña 28 de Septiembre: Día por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y El Caribe began at the fifth Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encuentro in San Bernardo, Argentina on September 28, 1990. The campaign is an initiative by women in Latin America and the Caribbean for the decriminalization of abortion within the framework of democracy, human rights, and social justice. The campaign’s vision was to promote a democratic society where women’s decisions about their bodies are respected as a human right and protected by the state.   This Encuentro was the site of active discussion of the “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” strategy and concept, and the declaration of this day reflected the growing linkages being made between reproductive rights and human rights as women prepared for the Vienna Conference and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) to be held in Cairo the following year (1994). Since 2015, this date has been recognized annually as International Safe Abortion Day, including by the UN.

Category: Movement Activism